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Masks, everybody has to do them, why not manage and utilise them in a meaningful way?

We could bring in external masks/alphas paint grayscale layers or have selections saved as channels. We could bring them in as linked images or embed them to the document.

 

Each time we create a new adjustment or filter layer we have to either go through the channels, create a selection from a channel or rasterise an existing grayscale layer to a mask.

That's the inefficient time-vampire kind of way.

 

How about letting us store and manage channels in a meaningful way?

 

Example: I have a mask drawn and want to move on from it to recall later. I could right-click and select "Store as Single-Channel… > Select / New channel" or "Store as Multi-Channel" for additional RGBs like normals or object coordinates for relighting. (In the channels list RGB sets would be displayed as a channel group, users can also create channel groups, RGBs are just automatically generated for the user)

 

When I need that selection in a tool, the tool would just have a dropdown menu listing all the available channels (incl. RGBA) and I could select the mask I've just made.

If I make changes to that mask, all tools using that mask update automatically. No hassle, no extra time cost.

 

 

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