Be ab;e to opt out of auto swap foreground/background brush color.

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I find the auto-brush color swap between background and foreground to be quite annoying. I understand that it should remain as it is for legacy users who prefer such behavior. However, I would like a configuration option where I could check something like "No auto background/foreground swap".
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Chris Cox

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What do you mean "auto swap"?
Which product are you using?
Which version?
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Allan Vasenius

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I use Photoshop CC 2015. I was trying to describe where the background/foreground colors are swapped by PS as a feature of operation. I would like to be able to opt out of that feature.
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They are not swapped unless you swap them - there is no such feature.

Again, we need to know what you are talking about...
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Allan Vasenius

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Chris, I am totally puzzled by your statement, "They are not swapped unless you swap them - there is no such feature."

Set up PS CC to have both layers and channels displayed at the same time as separate tab groups. Next launch an adjustment with a mask associated with it such as curves. Then click on the mask button in the channels group and observe the swap take place. Next click the RGB button in the channels group and once again the swap takes place.
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Masks and color channels have separate sets of foreground and background colors. They are not swapping, but you are switching to a completely different set of colors.

And you originally left out the important bit about going from a color channel to a mask.
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It is not as complicated as you're indicating nor are the foreground and background colors "swapping".

The mask brush has a pair of foreground and a background colors assigned to it.

The RGB brush has a pair foreground and background color assigned to it.

When you click on a Mask you get the mask brush colors.

When you click on an RGB layer you get the RGB brush colors.

That's it.

Of course if your mask brush colors happen to be set to black/white and your RGB-brush colors happen to be set to white/black then "swapping" might seem to be occurring when you change the brush context

But if you have black/white set for the mask brush colors and black/white set for the RGB-brush colors then clicking between the mask and the RGB layer won't change anything.