Photoshop: Masking problem

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Hallo, I am working on a mac Book pro with Version 10.14.2 and with Photoshop Version v20.01.I want to bring two pictures together, so it’s looks like one. Therefore, I opened my first picture, enabled it, so it is a level and then imported my second picture. To the second picture, I adjusted a vector mask and now I wanted to use the repair brush to cut away what I want from the second picture, so it looks at the end like one picture. But it doesn’t work. When I use the repair brush, it doesn’t take away the second picture completely, the second picture still remains, almost gone, like faded, but still visible. And when I finish with my selection of the second picture, I want to remove, and don’t hold the mouse, the section I selected, fills up, so it is like before. I did this work before and I worked perfect. And suddenly it doesn’t work. I called adobe support and he reseted the settings of photoshop, but the problem remains. And I couldn’t find any solution online.Thank you in advance, Micha Strecker
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Eduardo Moura

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Hi, Micha!

First, I'm assuming by your screenshot that you mean Spot Healing Brush when you say "repair brush". You should be using the regular brush to paint on a mask, since the Healing Brush works by cloning the area around the brush stroke to cover some imperfection and your mask should be all white at this point.
When you're editing a mask (not a vector mask, as in your title, but a regular image mask as in your screenshot) you use a regular brush to paint with pure black the areas you wish to hide and you leave white the areas you wish to show through. Anything in between (levels of gray) gets this transparency effect you're experiencing. They're probably been generated by the reconstruction algorithm of the Spot Healing Brush over the white mask.
Cheers and happy new year!