Photoshop CC 2014 - Adjustment Layer Action steps are not being properly recorded

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Photoshop Action steps are not being properly recorded. I've spent over 48 hours trying to correct the problem. It is a very serious bug as I depend on creating photoshop actions for my business. Please help!
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Can you give us a bit more description of what you're doing and what is going wrong?
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Yes. The first thing I do is hit the "New Action" button to begin creating an action and then I hit the record button. Next I proceed to start doing the steps in photoshop that I want recorded and then I hit the stop button. Now that an action has been created I proceed to play it, and I can see all the steps show up in the layers section. The problem is that the steps shown and played are different then what I recorded, but only with certain tools.

The steps giving me problems are "hue/saturation" and "photo filter." This is specifically what happens: The hue/saturation step I took shows up in the layers section once the action I created is played, but the exact settings I applied never show up. For example, If I changed the greens hue/saturation while recording the action, once I actually play the action, the changes I made to the greens don't show up at all; the settings of all the colors always show up as 0 for Lightness, 0 for color, and 0 for saturation every single time once the action is played, even though I made changes when initially recording the action.

As for the "photo filter" tool, regardless of what photo filter I add when recording the action, once the action is actually replayed, the photo filter always shows up as "Warming Filter 85 at a Density of 25%. For example, lets say that while recording the action I chose Cooling Filter 80 at a Density of 10%, later on when I replay the action, that photo filter step always shows up as "warming filter 85 at a density of 25%,"..so my settings that I actually chose and recorded initially always get replaced with the warming filter 85.

Please help. I've been recording actions for my business for over a year now and have never encountered this problem. I did just buy a new computer (mac, OS X Yosemite) and then I downloaded Photoshop CC onto it and ever since it has been giving me problems when creating actions. I even tried uninstalling it and re-downloading it and the same problems still occurs.

Thank you.

Kindly,
Elyana
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Are you using Photoshop CC, or CC 2014 (the latest)?
Double check the exact version in Help -> System Info.

I haven't seen any other reports about those adjustments not recording and playing back correctly.
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CC 2014. Well, just because there aren't any other reports doesn't make the issue any less relevant. Is there a way I can send screen shots of what is taking place?? What can I do to resolve the problem?
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CC 2014. Well, just because there aren't any other reports doesn't make the issue any less relevant. Is there a way I can send screen shots of what is taking place?? What can I do to resolve the problem?
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If I record an action for a PhotoFilter adjustment (not layer), then it records and plays back correctly.
If I record an action for a PhotoFilter adjustment layer, then it records the default state and not changes to the color or density. Of course it plays back just what was recorded. OK, that's a bug.

If I record an action for a Hue/Saturation adjustment (not layer), then it records and plays back correctly.
If I record an action for a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, then it records the default state and not changes made after that, and plays back just what was recorded. OK, another bug.

The good news is that this appears to be fixed in the next major release of Photoshop.
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Ok, I finally resolved the issue. Turns out that I had the "Libraries" window activated. As soon as I deactivated it, the actions started being recorded normally with the correct settings. Didn't even realize it was activated.

Thought I'd mention it just in case anyone ever faces a similar issue.
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Ah, I was just looking for information about the source of the problem. Yes, the libraries panel could cause issues like that.