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    Changing colors changes the background color


    Hello all
    This seems to be a recent development; When I change a color in the color picker or sample a color with the eyedropper tool, it's changing the background color instead of the foreground color. For the life of me I can't find where to change it back to changing the foreground color.
    I'm running Photoshop CS2 with Mac OS 10.5.8, on a 1.8 gig power mac single processor.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
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    this happens as normal when you have the Alt key pressed in Windows - windows has a "feature" called sticky keys that can lock the Alt key down etc, not sue if Macs have something similar?
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    The uncooperative color picker


    Originally Posted by KillerWolf
    this happens as normal when you have the Alt key pressed in Windows - windows has a "feature" called sticky keys that can lock the Alt key down etc, not sue if Macs have something similar?
    On the Mac it's the "command" key, and I had been using that to get it to work like it should. It's as if that function has been reversed. Now here's where it gets interesting: After months of this backward functionality, It spontaneously went back to normal just after posting this thread! But your comment got me thinking; about the time that this problem started I had switched keyboards, which makes me wonder if this isn't some funky pram issue. Maybe I should zap my pram just for the heck of it… I'll also explore the "Sticky keys" function. If macs have a similar function I may have inadvertently activated it with out even knowing it.

    Thanks!
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    Originally Posted by acorn60
    On the Mac it's the "command" key, and I had been using that to get it to work like it should. It's as if that function has been reversed. Now here's where it gets interesting: After months of this backward functionality, It spontaneously went back to normal just after posting this thread! But your comment got me thinking; about the time that this problem started I had switched keyboards, which makes me wonder if this isn't some funky pram issue. Maybe I should zap my pram just for the heck of it… I'll also explore the "Sticky keys" function. If macs have a similar function I may have inadvertently activated it with out even knowing it.

    Thanks!
    The sticky keys are turned off in a way they couldn't be accidentally turned on. And I just booted up Photoshop and the backwards color picking is back. My head is being scratched…
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    just had a quick Google, does this work for you?

    http://www.ghostcircles.com/dxs/archives/news/photoshop-eyedropper-background-problem/
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    That Was It!


    Killer Wolfe

    Thank you very much! That does indeed seem to be the issue, and the fix.
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    sweet, glad it worked for you. there's nothing worse than something suddenly not doing what it used to, for no apparent reason!

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