History Brush not working on my Frequency Separation

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History Brush not working on my Frequency Separation. I've been using the History Brush with Frequency Separation on different Mac's but now when I try to create a Frequency Separation from a new file on my home Mac with PS CC 2019 and do some retouching and then try to use the History Brush I get an error message "Could not use the history brush because the history state does not contain a corresponding layer". Any solution to this issue?...what am I doing wrong here?
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Tim Neeley

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Cristen Gillespie

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I can't tell from the screenshot, but I've often found that if I created a new snapshot before I invoked the History brush, I could set the right conditions by using that snapshot as my source. I'm not saying that's your problem, since I can't see what might have changed about the document since the opening snapshot, and I don't use the History brush with frequency separation.

But if your initial History options are set up the same on all Macs, the only thing I can suggest you try is to create a new snapshot after set-up (or at least after any significant alteration to the document itself) and before you do anything else,  target that as the History to use. Maybe it will do what you're after.
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Tim Neeley

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I actually had close the file and open it again...I’ll try using snap shot next time.

Thanks!
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The brush does need a history state to brush from, so if you lost that,  you need to set up a snapshot that will let you target the layer you're brushing from—your source layer. So you need your original layer, I'm assuming, without all the rest of the setup, and then I don't know from there—maybe so long as you still have the original state before you made any other changes, if that's what you're using as your source, that will be all you'll need.

It would be nice if PS would save our History with our files—I mean allow it as an option , because it does enormously increase file size—but when we stop before we finish for whatever reason, it is really worth it to have that history intact.
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Iterative saves will give a history trail.  Drive space is cheap; progressive versions work only if you maintain a consistent naming convention.  For that reason I find Smart Objects less useful. 
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I'm not sure what you're talking about here. I'm not talking about leaving a history trail. Not about progressive versions. I'm talking about saving the actual History steps with Snapshots intact. Affinity Photo saves the history steps if you ask. You can go back to an earlier state. You can continue to work forward, still saving your history. It's not cheap on space, but with drive space as cheap as it is, as you say, I think it's something PS, the inventor of History, could now seriously consider offering.

But a tremendous number of people who use PS and can't clog their servers with all the History they generate, wouldn't welcome it if it weren't an option, the default being "don't save History."  '-}
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I figured it out...it has nothing to do with disk/server space etc. The history brush works with your live application memory/virtual memory. Basically I had to save the file, close it and reopen it.

Thanks for the reply