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Layer stack: Mask preview woes

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Coming from Photoshop I have quite a problem with the Mask previews in Affinities Layer stack:

  • The Mask preview is tiny + its size can not get adjusted
  • The Mask preview doesn’t show the actual mask, but a splotch icon (!)
  • The Mask preview appears square, regardless of document aspect ratio

Is there a good reason for any of this? I’m serious. Mask preview in Photoshop help me greatly...

  • with orientation with many documents open
  • when editing a single document across several screens (e.g. Cintiq)
  • and most of all inside documents with poor/non-existing Layer naming

With a large Mask preview I can (in most cases) see right away what this layer does – without even having a layer name. I can confidently click the correct mask for some further tweaking – in Affinity I have no idea what the mask does (until I Alt-Click it). With a Mask preview that matches the document aspect ratio I can see right away whether the correct window has focus (the correct layer stack for the document is showing).

How can you all work with this – what am I doing wrong?
Obviously there's people who have hundreds of Layers and want things as compact as possible – but why isn't this configurable?

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Photohops Mask Preview in comparison.

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Unfortunately there is nothing you can do at the moment but by all means put a request for such features for the Layers Panel


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As firstdefence has mentioned this is not currently a change-able option unfortunately. I'll have this thread moved to our feature requests section as we're always looking to improve our apps!

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