Photoshop Actions CS4 & CS5 Troubleshooting: Invert Not Available
If you are using Photoshop CS4 or CS5 in 64 bit, and running Photoshop actions that you know worked well in a previous version, you may run still run into trouble. There are many reasons actions can cause you problems and stress. Here is a past article on how to fix your Photoshop action issues.
In addition to these reasons, there is a little known problem that often appears in CS4 and CS5, especially while in 64bit. I get emails from people who say, “I upgraded to Photoshop CS5, and now my actions give me this error “invert is not available.” Then it does all kinds of horrible things to my photo if I continue. For whatever reason, the adjustment panel is the root cause. To fix this problem, open the adjustment panel by going under WINDOW – ADJUSTMENTS (if it is not already open).
In the top right corner there are tiny lines. If you click on them, a drop down menu opens. There are TWO things to look for.
- Make sure that “add mask by default” IS CHECKED. If not, click to add a check next to it.
- Make sure “clip to layer” IS UNCHECKED. If it has a check, click it to uncheck it.
Now re-run the troubled action. If that does not work, make sure to read the other troubleshooting tips for Photoshop article.