Photoshop: Text layers stuck editing after Esc or cmd+enter

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Text layers can get stuck in an edit state to where hitting shortcuts like V or Z don't change the tools but instead are altering a text layer that no longer shows edits happening.

Meaning I'll be hitting V or Z or T or any tool shortcut but will actually be entering text into a previously selected text layer. The additional characters being added erroneously don't appear until that specific text layer again has a cursor in it. Resulting in the commands being unresponsive until that text layer is selected and Esc is hit. This issue is contained to one PSD; documents outside that can use the tool shortcuts without being stuck editing the text layer in the other document.
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Matt McDaniel

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Matt McDaniel

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I've had this issue on three different installs of Photoshop (CS6 and CC) across two computers and two different Adobe IDs and two different plugin/settings sets
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Hi Matt,

It sounds like Photoshop is stuck in a modal state. Can you send me the file? Even better, are you available for a screenshare over the internet so you can demo this problem for me? I'll follow up with an email.

Thanks,
David
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Matt McDaniel

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Replied to your email. I'm able to reproduce it under specific conditions but I've had the issue outside those conditions. I'm free to screenshare for a minute whenever you've got some time.
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Howdy Matt,

Great catch. Yup, this is a bug.

Thanks for reporting the issue and I've logged it in our bugbase.

David
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Matt, are you still able to reproduce this with the current version of CC (2014.2.2)?
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Idan Arbel

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I still have this issue with the latest photohsop ccc18
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Matt's issue, the OP, should be working correctly in current versions of Photoshop. Idan, I see you've logged a separate issue - which I think is different from Matt's issue.
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I am also having this issue. I was on another thread about this that was never resolved but that one seems to have been closed or something.

It's difficult to reproduce b/c it seems to happen entirely randomly. However it happens quite frequently, causing any unsaved work to be lost as I have to force quit Photoshop. I've googled and requested support and it still persists.

I'm running:

Macbook Pro (Mid 2014)
macOS 10.13.5
Photoshop CC 19.1.3
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Howdy Jed,

Sorry for the delay getting back to you -- just got back in the office.

As far as I know, this issue should be resolved.  I believe you that you're having a problem, but I'd like to get more info about what kinds of things that you're doing when you encounter this.  You said that it's an intermittent issue, correct?  Do you get it with new files as well as older ones?  Are there specific fonts you tend to be using?  How large are the files in comparison to your system resources (RAM, HDD space on scratch drive, number of apps open, etc)?

Let me know and let's try to get this figured out,
Thanks,
David
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Jed Sweigard

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Hi David, thanks for responding!

To answer your questions:

Q1. "You said that it's an intermittent issue, correct?"
A1. Yes, it doesn't happen often.

Q2. "Do you get it with new files as well as older ones?"
A2. It has occurred on both brand new files and old ones

Q3.  "Are there specific fonts you tend to be using?"
A3. No, this has occurred with all sorts of fonts. Both system and ones I've installed

Q4. "How large are the files in comparison to your system resources (RAM, HDD space on scratch drive, number of apps open, etc)?"
A4. The files vary in size from under a MB to several hundred MB. I have 16GB of RAM and generally have about 10 apps running (email, Slack, Chrome, etc). My current scratch is about 50GB but I've had this occur with an external scratch with almost 500GB of free space.

Generally, it seems to occur when my cursor is in an active text field and I try to click outside of it without hitting ESC, CMD + ENTER or clicking the checkbox in the toolbar. Essentially, clicking outside the active text used to be kind of a shortcut to commit the text changes but I've retrained myself to COMMIT text changes before clicking anything now.

One other piece of info that might be helpful. This was happening while I was still using Font Book to manage my fonts. I've been using FontBase - a free font manager for Mac - for a couple months now. I was hoping it would potentially fix the issue, but it still persists though it's a lot less common since the last CC update.

Thanks again for any help you can offer!
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Hey Jed,

Are you, by chance, runing Actions when you hit this problem?

Thanks,
David