Photoshop CC 2018: Cannot create layer with 'Color' blend mode above threshold layer

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Okay, so I have a picture layer, and above that there is a curves, vibrance, and threshold layer (from bottom to top) I duplicated the bottom picture layer and dragged it to the top. I then changed its blending mode to 'Color' but the image now shows up in black and white (the same color as the 'threshold' layer) instead of applying the picture's actual colors. I have tried this in another PSD created in CC 2017 and didn't get this error. 

Any possible solutions?
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>  I then changed its blending mode to 'Color' but the image now shows up in black and white (the same color as the 'threshold' layer) instead of applying the picture's actual colors>

I think you must have done something different in your PS 2017 file. The Color mode can't affect pure black or pure white, and the Threshold adjustment at the top of the adjustment stack creates pure black and pure white pixels. You can change the blend mode of Threshold and get some color back. You can create a Stamp Visible layer above your Threshold Layer and below the copied image layer (Cmd-Opt-Shift-E with visibility turned off) and that might help create some shades of gray (don't ask me how, but experimenting shows more pixels and that let some color rather pathetically return in some areas). You can reduce the Opacity and get some cartoony color back.

Do you save your files with Detailed Metadata for the Edit History log preference? What you did specifically ought to be in that file, which you typically would save with the image and view in File Info or Bridge's Edit History section of the Metadata panel.
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Ah, I see what I did different in the 2017 file. I had a Gradient Map from a dark blue to white before the 'Color' layer. Thanks so much for taking the time to explain this for me!!!!
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Oh of course. That makes perfect sense. Interesting technique. I'm glad you found the right answer. If it's something you anticipate doing from time to time, you could make a simple action and let it remember the technique for you. I do that often.
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Yes, that's working exactly as it's supposed to. Color blend mode doesn't affect pure white or black.
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Thanks!