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Photoshop "Desaturate" turns image brown...

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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi everyone.

I wonder if anyone could help me. I searched the forum and couldn't find anything related to my problem...

I'm doing digital painting and I usually start with a greyscale image that I convert to colour later. I don't worry much about the colour values in the first image - I usually desaturate it before moving to the colour phase.

Only today I couldn't! Photoshop turns my image into this sepia tone, either using Adjustment Layers, the Desaturate command or the B/W one!

I tried re calibrating my monitor (I'm on a Mac), deleting PS preferences... Nothing. I checked it on another computer and the exact same happens.

I'm going mental! Does anyone have a clue what I can do to fix this? :cries:

Thanks in advance! :)
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DavidScript Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Try using the desaturate tool (the sponge-looking one) and see if that turns the image brown.
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it still does... :(
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DavidScript Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are there any effects on the layer? :O
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It desaturates to the same sepia tones... :(
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DavidScript Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chances are that you have a corrupt file. You might have to manually cut and paste the layers into a new file.
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried opening a new page and just put in some random colours and desaturate them. Still doesn't work, so I'm guessing the problem is not this specific file...
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DavidScript Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting.

Guess your only solution is to reinstall Photoshop. Contact Adobe if that doesn't work.

But you can always desaturate your picture in GIMP or something for now.
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I already did, no results...

The only thing that concerns me is that I paint over the greyscale version of the drawing - I use it just to block light and a general feeling of it. If I do it over this brownish tones, I'm not sure the colour won't pick up the values underneath and it will look odd.

Do you know if GIMP supports layers? I mean, quite a few of them? :)
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Try the black and white tool instead?
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did, same result... :(
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healthy-addictions Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
In what mode are you working and how many bits. What version of PS are you using
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm working in CMYK (I hope this is what you mean :blush: ), 8 bits and I'm using CS5. I've tried tweaking these setting and still no results... :(
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
It only appears brown in photoshop. View it in another program and it will be black and white.
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've tried opening it in Painter, for instance, and it still looks brown... Funny this is, when I use the color picker, I know I'm selecting a shade of grey but the little colour circle shows me a brownish colour...
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I don't know. I have the same problem. But when I view the image in other programs, it appears black and white.
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MartaVasques Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I'm not the only one! :D Thanks for trying to help, if I find a solution I'll let you know too! :)
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