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Improved Mask Features

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Suggested features for Affinity Photo:

  • Color Picker sampling white, grays, or black directly from a Mask while you're working on it.
  • Masks allowing certain blending modes like Screen, Multiply, Lighten and Darken.
  • Undo Brush allowing painting from the History in a Mask.

One of the great things about masks is how much control they can give you over opacity when you want something to be partially visible, using grays you sample from the Mask can be a huge time saver, especially when paired with brush blending modes like Lighten and Darken. Unfortunately, some of that control is currently missing in Affinity Photo. When you use the Color Picker to sample while you're working on a Mask, whether you have Global or Current Layer as your source, it uses the whole image to sample a color. It would be far more useful to have it sample the tones directly from the Mask, and even better if it allowed you to use brush blending modes as well. Lastly, the Undo Brush currently behaves like a normal brush when you use it on a Mask, with some very strange distortion in the strokes (a bug?), and would be extremely useful if you could paint from the Mask's History like a regular layer.

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