Photoshop CC Overlay blend mode not working as expected

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OVERLAY MODE. I just upgraded from CS5.1 to CC and it seems that Aadobe changed the Overlay Mode. If I duplicate the background layer and then change to the Overlay blending the image changes which it did not in CS5. I loved using overlay for dodging & burning. Hoping Adobe goes back to how Overlay used to be. be
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I have been using versions PS since 1998 and ever since they introduced layers and the overlay blend mode, the functionality has been that making a duplicate layer and switching to overlay will change the look.

If you want to dodge and burn, make a new layer in overlay and paint into it with lighter or darker colors. It has been recommended that you also first fill the new layer with 50% gray, since that will not affect the layers below it if you are in overlay blending mode.

Google "dodge and burn with overlay layer" for better info.
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Chris Cox

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No, nothing has changed in the blend modes.
Were you creating a new, blank layer set to overlay before?
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Ira Berger

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Thanks Max and Chris. I was mistaken about duplicating the layer. It does have to be 50% gray. I had it as action in CS5 which I hadn't transfered over to CC. Many thanks.
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Makes sense. Glad to hear you solved the problem!