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Whenever I try to make a brush stroke in Photoshop it comes out 50% transparent, even though:

  • The brush opacity is set to 100%
  • The layer is set to 100%
  • The mode is normal.

I've reset the brush tool, but it didn't help at all.

I haven't changed anything, but it seems that somehow the brushes and the paintbucket are not working properly. Do you have any ideas?

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I'd comment but my rep is too low here. The way I read your question. It sounds to me as though the flow setting is set below 100%. – Terus Aug 6 '15 at 5:04
Is it feathering – Dave Dec 18 '15 at 14:30

If you cannot get it to wotk, you can reset all your Photoshop preferences by starting Photoshop with Ctrl+Alt+Shift held down (Command-Option-Shift on the Mac).

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Occasionally this is necessary. – Mr.Wizard Oct 19 '11 at 13:58

Try creating a new layer then adjusting the opacity of the layer. Its not the best way but always a good alternative.

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