I'm new to photoshop and very confused about pretty much everything...

So for some reason I cant change brush color now

Here's video example:


Image mode is rgb 8 bit, ctrl key not stuck :) Looks like it changing secondary color, and drawing using main color (black)

  • Is your CMD or CTRL key held down or stuck while you are selecting you colour? Feb 12 '18 at 21:27
  • Try selecting the foreground colour. You're only changing the background colour.
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 12 '18 at 22:19
  • @BillyKerr how do I do that? Feb 12 '18 at 22:20
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    Click on the foreground colour square (the black one shown at the bottom of the tool box).
    – Billy Kerr
    Feb 12 '18 at 22:21
  • @BillyKerr looks like this was the problem, I clicked on that 'background color' square and didnt noticed it. Can you answer and I mark it as correct answer? Feb 13 '18 at 8:25

Looks like your Option/Alt key is stuck or otherwise depressed.

Your cursor indicates Option/Alt is depressed:

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The fact that the background color is changing is also an indicator of the Option/Alt key being depressed.

That being posted.. you can pick a background color (by depressing Option/Alt when choosing a color) than tap the x key to swap the foreground/background color... and paint.

  • Can you please re-watch video, at the very end when I alt-tabbing to OBS (recording app), I pressed alt-tab to do that, and you can see in the photoshop window on the MenuStrip component (with File Edit Image Layer etc) that hotkey letters gets underlined, meaning that I pressed Alt key. And before that they haven't had underlines, meaning Alt wasn't pressed? Maybe I hit some unknown hotkey and everything is weirdly reversed now? Kinda annoying to hit x every single time Feb 13 '18 at 8:21
  • Everything in your video eludes to the Alt key being depressed, not merely the end of the video. Have you even bothered to just reboot the machine?
    – Scott
    Feb 13 '18 at 16:00
  • yes, I rebooted and problem persisted. however, question answered in comments to my question - solution is to 'Click on the foreground colour square (the black one shown at the bottom of the tool box)' Feb 13 '18 at 18:08

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