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Actions Generally Acting Weird In CS4 Or Later

How to toggle the default setting for adjustment layer clipping in CS4 or later
If your actions are generally acting strange in CS4 or later (don’t produce a strong effect, or don’t produce certain parts of the look altogether), then double-check your clipping setting for new layers.  In CS4, Adobe introduced a new “feature” that changes the way new layers are composited in the layers palette.  It breaks most of our actions if it’s turned on.  To see if this is the problem, follow these steps:

  1. Select the background layer
  2. In the Adjustments palette (click Window -> Adjustments if it’s not visible) click the button on the bottom right, like in the image.
  3. Run an action that was causing you problems, and see if it’s still acting goofy.