ELEMENTS - Filter Gallery is grayed out

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My Filter Gallery is grayed out and therefore, I cannot use it. How do I get it turned on? I have made sure I am on an active layer. I tried converting the photo to a smart object but it still doesn't work.

I assume the Filter Gallery is now where I paint? Under the filter gallery, there was a paint option but now it is gone. I cannot figure out what Adobe did with it?
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Chris Cox

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Make sure your document is in RGB or Grayscale mode, 8 bits/channel.

No, the Filter Gallery is just a collection of filters - it has nothing to do with painting, and never has.
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Thank you very much Chris; it was 18-bit and that fixed the issue!

So can you tell me what happened to the Paint function in Photoshop CC that was under the the Filter Tab in previous version(s)?
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There was no paint function under the filter menu.
The Liquify filter allows you to paint in distortion of the image.

But the paint tools are all part of the normal toolbar in Photoshop, not in a filter.
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Hi Chris, apparently there was a paint function: I was reading through others' inquiries on this such as this:
Pieter Welters 11 months ago
It was the "Spring cleaning"!
As a result of doing some "architectural spring-cleaning" and adding "cool new features" Adobe has decided to remove the popular Oilpaint filter (https://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotc...).
I think this unresponsible, because many professional users depend on it. This "cool" behaviour makes Adobe unreliable to me. Apparently, they are capable to remove your precious tools at any time!
I think Adobe should at least offer this filter as a free plugin for CC members.
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Elements never had the oil paint filter.
I am pretty sure what you are after is the texturize filter, as mentionned by Chris Cox. It's still there. The post you mention has nothing to do with Elements.
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Also, see the existing topic about why Oil Paint had to be removed.
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Thank you again Chris. There was a paint function within the Filter Tab in CC 2014 as I used it all the time. It was like a preset and when you clicked on it, another window would open up and it allowed you to choose from burlap, sand and one other grain and then had a scale and a few more other sliders. This is making me crazy that it has disappeared and no one seems to remember it but me!
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No, Photoshop does not have, nor has it had, any such paint function in the filters menu.

You may have had a third party filter plugin that did something with painting.

But what you are describing sounds like the texturizer filter (part of the filter gallery) - and that has nothing to do with painting.