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Deleting a mask only from an adjustment layer

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You can fill the Adjustment layer with White which has the same effect as if the mask weren't there. From what I'm observing, the blank (white) mask thumbnail will eventually disappear from the Layers panel altogether while keeping the adjustment setting intact.

MacBookAir 15": MacOS Ventura > Affinity v1, v2, v2 beta // MacBookPro 15" mid-2012: MacOS El Capitan > Affinity v1 / MacOS Catalina > Affinity v1, v2, v2 beta // iPad 8th: iPadOS 16 > Affinity v2

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If you want to hide the mask effect temporarily, without deleting the mask:

  • add a channels mixer adjustment
  • nest it to masking position of adjustments layer
  • choose alpha channel
  • set offset to +100

you can hide or delete the adjustment layer, and the mask effect will be restored.


  • set offset to +50% will make the mask effect semi-transparent. This is extremely helpful if you try to trace a shape, and let the lower layers shine through. Designer has x-ray view mode, but Photo unfortunately doesn’t.

Mac mini M1 A2348

LG34WK950U-W, calibrated to DCI-P3 with LG Calibration Studio / Spider 5

iPad Air Gen 5 (2022) A2589

Special interest into procedural texture filter, edit alpha channel, RGB/16 and RGB/32 color formats, stacking, finding root causes for misbehaving files, finding creative solutions for unsolvable tasks, finding bugs in Apps.


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