Photoshop: Refine Edge in Select and Mask Not working consistently

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I just updated PS to 21.0.3 and the Refine Edge brush in the Select and Mask function is not working consistently.  Sometimes it does not respond at all.  Other times, I can get it to work if I invert the selection.  Changing from +/- brushes does not seem to make a difference.  If I switch to the Brush Tool, that works.  Sometimes I can then switch back to the refine edge tool and it will then function, but not always.

I am on a Windows 10 platform.

Can anyone help?
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There’s a ‘show original’ checkbox to the top, right. Not at my desk right now but I believe that might be it. If it’s checked, uncheck it and see if that works.
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That's not it.  Neither Show Edge nor Show Original are checked.  High Quality Preview is Checked.  I've attached a screen print of part of an image I am trying to work on.  The Refine Edge brush won't work inside the boundaries of the original selection.  In this instance, it won't remove the blue sky between the wing feathers.  The brush tool will work in these spaces but it is not as convenient or easy to use, and the Refine Edge tool used to work for this.

Karen
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Ok, Karen, this is a long shot but I’m guessing you are on the layer with the wings. i.e. that layer is selected in the layer panel? Otherwise you’d want to choose ‘Sample All Layers’ in the top, left. That’s my last guess at this. If not, I’d leave for someone else to chime in.
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Thanks, Jerry.  That was it.  I was on an adjustment layer and the "Sample All Layers" box had been cleared, perhaps as a result of the new update.  (I always leave it checked, and hadn't noticed that it was missing.)

Karen

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Awesome, glad it's working again :-)