Photoshop: How do I use the Paint brush tool on a mask after running an action?

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My paint brush tool will not work with my actions (like smoothing skin etc.) ive reset my tools reuploaded the actions... checked everything i can think of and nothing... it works it i use it to paint a color but will not work with the actions and all the other actions in the group are working so its not the actions HELP! tons of photos to edit!!

WORKING IN CS4
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Samantha Geiger

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Are you trying to record an action that records painting?
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Ryan Taylor

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Is it possible to do that?
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As of CS6, yes.
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Ryan Taylor

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Ok so I need to upgrade for that. Thank you.
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Samantha Geiger

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no i have a action that ive purchased... ive used it a thousand times, never had a problem... i run the action (smoothing skin action) and use the paint brush where i want the action to smooth
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Now if I invert the layer mask to white I can use the the brush with a black foreground color to erase what I don't want but it will not work using black layer mask with white brush .
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Are you saying that when you paint with a white brush on the black layer mask that no white is deposited?   What your screenshot shows is a black mask that hides everything, still, but we can't tell if you made this shot before trying to paint white or after.  If you've been painting white and it doesn't show, then check the brush blend Mode at the top-left of PS above the image and make sure it's set to Normal not Darken or something with similar lack of effect.

Or are you saying that when you paint with white on the mask, you see the white strokes, but the image doesn't change?  That could be an interaction between the Levels and the blend-mode Linear-Dodge-Opacity-50% that restricts the effect to smallish areas that aren't noticeable.    You may want to temporarily set the center-midtone slider in Levels almost all the way to the left so more of the image is affected by your revealed mask areas you've painted.

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Oh my gosh thank you so much !!!!! The mode was set to muiltuply so I put it to normal and it worked !!!!!!!! I can not believe it was something as simple as that .You just saved me big time !!! :)
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Thank you for all of your help!:)
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thank you guys soooo much!!
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Set your foreground color to white.
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Samantha Geiger

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i just seen that... thank you soooo much for your help!!! i cant believe it was that the whole time and didnt think of that... thank you again SO much for your time!