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With my old photo program I frequently duplicate the image layer, change the gradation, converted into grayscale and used that image layer as mask to apply certain manipulations. 


In Affinity I can 

- duplicate my image layer

- create a work layer

- make my adjustments and click on "combine"


But how can I convert that new image layer into the mask of a different work layer?


I want the adjustment to be applied according to the black level of my image layer. 


I also don't find a way to convert an image layer into a mask for a different image layer. Yes, I can drag it onto the other image layer miniature, but this has no effect since only the transparency seems to be evaluated.


I probably miss something pretty obvious.


Does anybody know what? Thanks!

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Thanks for the hint with "Rasterise To Mask."


When I put the created mask into a group with my work layer I get the tool I was looking for.

I can even apply a live-work layer to my mask, i.e. blur and change its parameters later.


In this context I miss a curve live adjustment layer which also can be applied to a mask. The regular curve layer does not seem to work with a mask, even when I group it. Curve adjustments I used a lot on masks.



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