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P: Spot channels visibility is turned on automatically when selecting a layer mask

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Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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Say I have a RGB/8bit photoshop file, with one or more spot channels in it:

 

  1. I make sure the visibility of those spot channel(s) is currently OFF ( by togling off each spot channels' eye icon ), and that only the RGB channels are currently selected and visible.
  2. I then create a new layer, and add a layer mask to it.
  3. I then select the new layer's RGB channel ( result: the RGB channel and its R, G, and B component channels are all selected and visible ) 
  4. If I now select the new layer's 'layer mask', again, all the spot channels are made visible, AUTOMATICALLY.

 

Why is this happening?  The visibility of the spot channels was previously off; why does selecting a layer mask ( any layer mask of any layer, as a matter of fact ) makes all the spot channels visible?  This is really distracting and I can't think of a reason for this behavior.  I assume this is a bug.

 

Note: changing the solidity percentage of the spot channels to 0% doesn't prevent the spot channels' color from being overlaid, however faintly, which is why their visibility being toggled on automatically is a visual + workflow problem.

 

 

 

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Adobe Employee , Nov 15, 2021 Nov 15, 2021
Hi @AsterLUXman this behavior has been around since at least CS6. I'm not sure why it works the way it does. Asking engineering. Given that, I don't expect it to change as it may break other behaviors with actions for example.

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Hi @AsterLUXman this behavior has been around since at least CS6. I'm not sure why it works the way it does. Asking engineering. Given that, I don't expect it to change as it may break other behaviors with actions for example.


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