Photoshop: Refine/Smooth/Feather edges not working

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When I make a selection and select "Select and mask" and/or select Modify/Smooth or Feather, the smoothing/feathering effect is not applied. The tool doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas as to why? Thank you
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Andre Bonnet

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Jerry Syder

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I can only comment on the "Select and Mask" workspace - Do you have 'Show Original' selected at the top right? If so, unselect it. 


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richard beresford

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I have a similar problem.  In the "Select and Mask" workspace, the Smooth function does absolutely nothing (it should round of the corners of a rectangular selection as you increase the amount of smoothing).  Instead, the Feather function performs smoothing instead of feathering.  Also, Feathering of a selection in the normal Photoshop workspace does absolutely nothing to it.  I have tried versions 21.0, 21.1.1, 21.1.2 and 21.1.3 and they all exhibit this behaviour.  This is on a fully updated Windows 10 machine.