so frustrated with the history brush

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Let me start by saying that I am a semi-beginner.... I have been doing my same flow for a couple of months. All of a sudden, when I make an adjustment on a layer (let's say a brightness adjustment or a levels adjustment) I usually invert the mask and then use a brush to paint the adjustment back on in the areas I want to see it. BUT, I am suddenly unable to use the history brush or any tool at all when I have those layers selected. The error says "could not use the history brush because because the history states does not contain a corresponding layer". Help! I haven't changed how I do things and this suddenly happened in the last couple of days! Sometimes there is an error that pops saying Photoshop cannot rastorize the photo....
I have watched one million videos trying to figure out the problem
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Teresa Ragan

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eartho

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Why are you using the history brush on an adjustment layer mask? Have you tried using just a normal brush? 
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Teresa Ragan

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none of the tools work.... but the history brush is the one I use most often. But you might be right. Let me try a different brush
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I think you are simply confusing the history brush and a normal brush. To paint a mask, you use a normal brush.
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william williams

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Go in to the History Panel. At the top left there is a history brush icon. Below that is the column that lets you select which history state you want the History Brush to paint back to. (This can be REALLY useful if your compositing several history points together. Just Snapshot different points of your workflow that you like from the menu icon on the top right side of the panel.)

One thing you may be doing is not toggling your history state to after you created that adjustment layer and inverted the mask. 

I am a big fan of painting in adjustment layers, its a really good non-destructive strategy. However, usually I use the Brush tool, and switch between a white (255,255,255) and a black (0,0,0) RGB, using the "x" keyboard shortcut. And using the 1 through 10 numbers to quickly change Brush opacity. 

When I use the history brush on masks, it's usually when I'm altering an already painted in mask, and I need to keep the original. 

If you ever get that error message, a quick fix is to update your history icon. 
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Teresa Ragan

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Ok! Gonna give your suggestions a try! I think I am just so new and Photoshop is overwhelming. It is odd that I didn't change my technique at all and then started getting that error
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Hello Theresa,  

Steve Lehman, MCSE responding:  use the "reset tool".

Select a brush to use then below the display on the FAR right near the question mark, click on the down-arrow with its horizontal lines, (NOT the chevron arrow to the right of that).  Click the down-arrow near the horizontal lines, then hover and click the mouse to reveal its menu, then within its menu click on its "reset tool".  The tool will work again.  Happy computing.  

Steve L.   
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