Photoshop: How do I get layer mask back to transparent?

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Trying to paint in layer mask. It won't show the object at 50% like it's supposed to. Just see solid color of the mask or nothing.
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Cristen Gillespie

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Is the layer mask painted with 50% gray? Or have you tried using the Density slider on the Mask (Properties panel?) to reduce the amount of black?

If those aren't the solution,  it would help if you posted a screenshot of your mask (Alt-Option-click on the mask to show it in the document window), and of your layer with the mask and blend mode/opacity settings so we can see what is going on.
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Oh, I always forget about the properties panel for masking...
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Cristen Gillespie

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It's not suitable for all masks, but for simple ones that only need one level of transparency, it's quick. Once I discovered that the feather slider works like the density slider for white subjects on black backgrounds, it began to be a rather useful feature.
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repost from  your duplicate question:
There's a couple different things you could be talking about...

1. An alpha channel in the Channels panel:
In the Channels panel, toggle on the visibility for the Alpha Channel and you should see a red overlay. If not, something is broken.

2. A Layer  Mask attached to a layer in the Layers panel:

To view the B&W alpha mask attached to the layer alt-click (option click on mac?) the thumbnail of the layer mask.

To view a red-overlay version of the layer mask,  alt-shift-click instead.

3.  Quick-mask mode:

Press Q to enter quick-mask mode. It will show your current selection as a temporary, editable red-overlay mask. Press Q again to go back to normal editing with the new selection based on your quick-mask.