Photoshop: Brush colors are dull, washed out

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In photoshop when ever i use brush tool or any other tool for color purpose it the colors that are not proper color. For example when i am spraying black color on canvas with the brush tool the color is not pure black its light black real light like its faded...Any help on this
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Talha Majeed

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Alex Furer

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Kinda hard to tell what could be going on here. Did you check the opacity of the brush? Check the flow on the brush? Try a regular round brush? Maybe this brush was created based on a dull template. Is the layer you're painting on 100% opacity? Is the layer in some kind of overlay mode other than normal? Maybe you want to try to reset  your brushes? Or reset the Photoshop preferences.
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Steve Lehman

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Might want to have your monitor checked.  This happens when a monitor's back light is turned up too much.   (MCSE responding)   
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Sandeep Singh, Official Rep

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Hi Talha,

Please check the opacity of the Brush.
It should be at 100.
Please check with Black color.

Regards,
Sandeep
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Cristen Gillespie

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Talha, did you create the brush? It looks like a smoke brush, and may have been created at a reduced opacity. If the brush itself weren't created in a solid black (note, not a solid red or a solid blue, etc, but black) it will contain transparency. If that's the case, then the only way to deepen the color is to duplicate the file until the color reaches a density that you find acceptable.

Otherwise, what Alex Furer said to check, such as the Brush's painting mode, its flow, etc, are the likeliest culprits.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Try resetting the tool settings: Unexpected results using a tool
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Steve Lehman

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Good job Jeff!  So far, everyone is satisfied.  Are we doing ok?   
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Steve Lehman

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Good one Jeff, I would go for a reset any day, in place of a Photoshop uninstall/reinstall but I don't think we have a fix with that one. I did think of that in the first place along with Jeff but I am changing my mind.  AND I do NOT think the intensity of the brush may be due to the opacity setting.  As a MCSE and long time Photo-scrap user, I decided to step in with my education, wit, understanding, and lots of balls, to say that the tool itself is not set correctly. Your brush tool has a hardness and a brush spacing setting. Check it!  I did it.  It came out darker.  That may be the real problem.  I have a dollar on that. Anyone?  BTW Talha, how are you doing on the reinstall? Has anyone checked on this person?   
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Talha Majeed

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Yes thank you all. Resting the brush tool did the trick now it paints in pure color.
Thank you once more.