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A client had me do a flyer and newspaper ad for his car show. He was happy.

He also wanted a T-Shirt. We redid the CMYK design in coarse halftones for silkscreening. I don't like the way it looks. What I want to do is redraw the design but for shading use cross hatching and stipling instead of halftones.

I made a new layer and went to the K channel to trace the black outlines. But the paintbrush does nothing on the 2nd layer in the K channel. Nor in the yello, cyan, or magenta channels.

Brush works fine with all channels visible.

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Above is a screen capture. I'm in layer 3, K channel. Paint brush tool doesn't work.

Here's with all 4 channels visible:

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When all channels are turned on, I can use the paint brush tool just fine (see curley Q on top of "De")

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    Channels aren't like layers. Picture please. – joojaa Apr 12 '16 at 18:17
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If you want to paint directly onto the Cyan channel then you should be in the Cyan channel on the panel:

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It should then work just fine. You can't paint on the Cyan channel of an empty layer because there is no Cyan channel.

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