Photoshop: Gradient fill on layer mask not displaying correctly

  • 2
  • Problem
  • Updated 2 years ago
  • (Edited)
Exact Circumstances:

  • Opened a photo in Photoshop by using the "edit in..." dialogue in Lightroom
  • Created a radial gradient fill, scaled it up ~250%, and moved center to corner of image
  • Set layer blend mode to screen
  • Created black layer mask on the gradient fill
  • Select Gradient Fill tool and default colors (white foreground)
  • Set gradient fill to "foreground-to-transparent" and opacity around 40-90%
  • Start "painting" white radial (circular) gradients where I want the fill layer to be visible, and the gradient on the mask makes a nice transition between original colors and my fill colors

After painting in a few radial gradients on my mask, any more radial gradients don't show.  I can see them in the mask, so I know the gradient fill tool is working.  If I Option+Click the mask it looks exactly as it should, with white in all the spots I filled.  Yet the fill layer is only displaying in the first one or two radial grads I painted.  Turning the mask off I can see the fill layer unmistakably has color over the areas I'm making the mask white... and that color is lighter than the colors in the image, so no reason blend mode (screen) wouldn't show it.

This is driving me CRAZY- please help!!!

I'm having this occur repeatedly- even after restarts, quiting and re-opening PS, etc.  Many different images.  Odd thing is every now and then it does NOT happen, and works as it should!  But that is like 1 out of 15 or so.

I would love to hear this is my error and I have something set up wrong... but I have done this often without issue, and I have not changed any settings or workflow steps and now I'm having problems- so I think it is a bug???
Photo of Ryan


  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 2 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Jonas M. Rogne

Jonas M. Rogne

  • 88 Posts
  • 16 Reply Likes
That's odd. Could it simply be a rendering issue? That it's not updating the view on the canvas for some reason? Moving the layer or doing other edits should force it to update.

If so, the first troubleshooting step I always perform is to disable GPU acceleration and see if the problem persists. It's good to exclude it if nothing else.
Photo of Jeffrey Tranberry

Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

  • 16849 Posts
  • 2818 Reply Likes
Hi Ryan, it sounds like you're on Mac. What version of macOS? I could not reproduce on 10.12. I might have the steps wrong. Could you try recording a video of all your steps?