CTRL+J for PS no longer working after update?

Dragon Pillar and Yixian Wooden Pagoda in infrared
If you’re like me and have both LR and PS in your photo editing workflow and have updated to the latest version of Photoshop (20.0.1), you may have run into the issue where your CTRL+J (to make a copy of your image in a new layer) doesn’t work. Upon further investigating you may find that a lot of your menu items are also grayed out. I found it extremely frustrating the first few times it happened. Here are some solutions i’ve come across:

  1. Wait for Adobe to fix the bug. This is not an option for me.
  2. Take this opportunity to jump ship and move to a different editing suite. Tempting but I’m too lazy to learn a new platform although I’ve heard there are some “better” and “less expensive” options. Hmmmm….maybe…Adobe has been less helpful recently.
  3. Open image directly into Photoshop (as opposed to opening from LR). This totally sucks for my workflow.
  4. Open both Photoshop and LR. Then from within LR, right click the image and select “edit in Adobe Photoshop cc 2019” This is ok, I guess. When I can remember to do it this way.
  5. Roll back Photoshop. To do this, open Adobe Creative Cloud and navigate to Photoshop CC (v 20.0.1) click the down arrow to view the menu options then click “other versions” pick the most recent update that’s not 20.0.1. This seems like the best way but I’m too lazy (I don’t use Photoshop that much anyways). Hopefully the next update will have the fix so I’ll just wait until then, less for me to do so less for me to muck up, haha.

So for me I’ve been doing #4. Hope you found this useful!!

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Phottix Odin, Mitros+ overexposure

If you’re experiencing over exposures in ETTL mode when using the Phottix Odin TCU and Mitros and or Mitros+ flashes OFF CAMERA, join the club!!! Here’s how I fixed it. But first a little more info.

I updated the firmware on the Odin, here’s the page to get the firmware:

Phottix Odin for Canon firmware update

Then if you’ll notice the lighter font section near the bottom “Update 08/8/13:” I followed that. Voila! over exposures when off camera (3 different flashes) in ETTL mode. Manual is fine, on camera is fine.

So after months, more like a year of just using my flashes in Manual mode and finding it a paint to keep pushing the buttons on the Odin TCU, I decided to try and fix my odin’s. Also I went to a Godox sales pitch thing regarding their new line of strobist gear…The gear and tech put me in the mindset where I was at when I contemplated the change from Canon to Phottix. Cost vs Tech. Phottix won…It seems Godox (to me) is getting there in terms of quality. They are cheaper than Phottix in price and the seems more versatile.  So I’m thinking about it because if I can get a fair price for my phottix gear, I can get a bigger (more stuff) Godox system. But then it’s such a hassle and I do so love my Phottix gear.

Anyways, as written on the Phottix page, it seems you need to turn the 1d to off…That didn’t work for me. However, I was thinking…ya maybe its a language barrier or I just interpreted it wrong, so I switched mine on. VOILA!!! IT WORKS!!! HAHAHA…don’t know why, or how but at this point, I don’t care cuz it’s working, YAY! If you’re pretty much in the same boat as I was, give it try, it’s just a setting, you can always change it back.

1d setting to fix ettl overexposure issues when using flash off camera

Good Luck! Hope this helps you!


After the above fix, I was playing around some more and found out that my both my Mitros+ flashes when used on camera in Odin Tx mode would grossly over expose. What?!?! So first thing I did was check firmware, mine was outdated so I updated. That is the fix that worked for me. A firmware upgrade to v 2.12. You can get the downloads you need as well as instructions on the Phottix website.

NOTE: Apparently, the updater software is OS specific (yes even different versions of Windows). I’ve read about differing named Windows OS not working ie WinXP and WinVista but for me I couldn’t get the updater to update the second Mitros+ on my Win10 hybrid laptop (the type where you can remove the keyboard). I kept getting the “No FDS Device” error.

My fix was to use my regular laptop running Win10 to update the firmware. The process was smooth as butter for both my Mitro+ and Mitros.

Transcend Card Reader Firmware Update

Hey y’all if you’re suddenly having issues with your Transcend TS-RDF8 not reading CF cards but read SD Cards just fine, you may want to try updating the firmware. I just did and it worked. Here’s Transcends site to get the firmware update:


Canon scanner twain issues? Here’s a fix

Out of the blue, you’re getting twain errors, twain not found etc. Try this fix! It worked for me. Kudos to Jeff Widmer!!


USB 3.0 drives keep being disconnected and reconnected on USB 3.0 but work great on USB 2

I have 5 multi-terrabyte USB 3.0 drives connected to my Dell XPS 8700 desk top PC. Of those 5 drives, 2 particular ones keep disconnecting and reconnecting (one of them has to have its’ power cycled t

Source: USB 3.0 drives keep being disconnected and reconnected on USB 3.0 but work great on USB 2

Mighty_Miro_WD ‘s post WORKED FOR ME after months of frustration (it’s my raw photos/Lightroom drive).