Elements18: I am suddenly getting a warning aout "active layer is empty."

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Sudden getting active layer warning
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Kevin Teale

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Steve Lehman

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Taking a stab in the dark which I don't usually do, I will tell you one time, you need to give more info concerning your Operating System, what version of Adobe and what program, and what you did that led to this event.  So far, it indicates that you have an empty layer where there was never a layer in the first place.   I could ignore this request.   
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I’m using Windows 7. Photoshop Elements 2018. Working fine until 2 weeks ago. I’ve seen some posts that the lastest Windowns update has caused some Registry errors, but I don’t feel comfortable messing with Registry
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Correction: Windows 10 
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JEA

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Try the solution stated here:
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2502769

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Steve Lehman

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This is clearly a Windows problem not an Adobe problem.  But to make sure, you should reset your adobe program (if you can).   In the editor, after you load a photo, on the right hand side near the bottom of the display area, there might be a menu down-arrow that says "reset all".  Click that and reload the program to see if it works better.  If not I have a whole host of things you can do in Windows rather than mess with the registry.   And even if an error message says there was an error with the registry, that doesn't happen usually so if there was, ignore it.  You wouldn't know what to do with it anyway and the REGedit should be left alone.   So read through the following to know what to do with easy resets in Windows 10.   These do not work in Windows 7 and seldom worked in Windows 8.  I send these to lots of people who have some success.   Read carefully.  Not everything resets Windows.  Windows detects problems but if it does not detect it it won't reset.   

1.  Photoshop reset:   (this was mentioned above but see if anything was missed.
Within Photoshop Elements you have a reset on the bottom-right, next to the question mark.  No question mark?  Select an image and a tool and it may appear.   If not, you tried this before.  If not, next to the question mark is a menu; the menu has a "reset all".  This resets your tools, your software and any parts of it.   If that fixes the problem, stay with that fix.   No reboot needed.  If not, go onto the other resets below.    

2.  Application Reset is in Windows 
In Windows 10 go to Settings> System> Apps and Features, find and select your application (Photoshop Elements), and it may have a blue hypertext link below the application name, "Advanced Options" in blue hypertext.  Click on that, and on the next page on the left will be a button labeled "Reset".  Click that.  That will reset the program.   It doesn't have an Advanced Option under the application name, Windows doesn't find the problem in that location.  So go to the next step.   

3.  SFC reset:  To do this you would click on the Windows icon (lower-left corner) then open the Windows Power Shell.  It opens a DOS window.  At the cursor you can type "scannow" without the quotation marks.  let it work and reboot when it has completely stopped then try the app.   This does not always reset Windows.   

4.   Browser reset - a program can have a problem with the browser, even if an error message doesn't pop up.   Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear on the top-right, in its menu items click "Internet Options", then select the Advanced tab, and near the bottom is "Restore advanced Settings" and that may be all you need for the browser-reset.  There is another reset below that, but that resets the browser to its default settings.  The Advanced does better.  Click one.  

5.  Windows-10 reset:    (determined optional)
IF Windows is make a problem, we can use a Windows reset:   For this you need to go back to the Settings> Update & Security>  Recovery (top-left corner) then "Reset PC" with a reset button.  
Here you need to read each dialog to decide if you want to do this.  It will not corrupt your Windows 10 program.  But it will reset your PC to its last known good (last boot) and it may go back to all defaults like when you first began Windows 10 so more updates will come.  It takes you back to "new" again where you can set your software and your Windows, but it doesn't do anything to reset your program (PSE).  It may show a dialog about a recovery disc which you don't need for that option.  Because this reset only takes a few seconds, I leave this as an extreme option.   

6. Recovery is a button in Settings. Find this in Settings> View installed updates history> click on "Recovery" in the left-upper-corner.  The recovery button will simply reset Windows for today not for for yesterday.   But doing the Recovery you need to read all the dialog to decide whether you want a complete reinstall of Windows which will not delete your personal files, or if you want to install a new Windows from a recovery disc.  If you do not have a disc, the first option is okay.  Recovery is optional.  

System Restore.  Find this in Settings>Control Panel.  System Restore has the same familiar wizard but you can only select a restore point within a few days.   System Restore will allow you to select a restore point, then when completed, it will go to a blue screen which is a friendly place where it gives options.  One of them is System Restore (again) but even if it says it was unsuccessful, it probably was anyway.   Reboot.  Rebooting will do the trick.     

I won't be around Sunday, it's time for our 32nd anniversary dinner.   
Steve Lehman


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Kevin, you said earlier you were not comfortable about messing with the registry.  Maybe now? 

JEA?  Maybe you could give a link for that, OR better yet, some instruction for Kevin?   

And Kevin, it's not an area to feel comfortable indeed, but if you steady your nerves and follow every instruction in a step-by-step, it could make your day.   I've never had this problem, thank goodness.   

SL

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Here is the link.
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/kb/integer-50-8-required-closest-value-inserted-photoshop...
The second part shows the step by step actions you need to do to edit the registry.
There are thousands of normal users who have successfully done it. It requires no special IT knowledge... and only two minutes. We have hundreds of successful posts  in the Elements user to user forum. Thousands of users have done it. Indeed, there are a few reports about the edit doing nothing. In most cases, the edit was not exactly written, letter for letter. The good thing is that we have no clear reports about those bad edits producing catastrophes. You can reedit or remove the added key.
For instance:
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2423579



The bug appears on PSE 14; 15 and 2018, but not for everybody. The symptoms are numerous and never clear. People with the current 2018 version may use the chat support to get more help. Some have reported that Adobe staff took remote control of their computers... but frankly, two minutes to do it yourself and how long to get help with the chat (you are not alone)?