P: Toggle between layer mask and layer

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 16, 2020 Jun 16, 2020

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Hello,

After updating to Photoshop 21.2.0 (June 2020 release), on a Mac, running 10.14.6, I've encountered a bug toggling between a layer mask and its layer using keyboard shortcuts (Command + \ and Command + ~).

After clicking CMD + \ , I am taken to the layer mask, as per usual, but, now it also goes into overlay mode. I have to click \ to get out of overlay mode.

This happens on all three Macs, I've used, all on 10.14.6.

Thanks, in advance, for checking into this.

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Adobe Employee , May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022
Hi there,   We're happy to announce the release of Photoshop 23.3.2. This update includes the fix for this issue. To see the list of all fixed issues, click here   To update Photoshop to 23.3.2, click "Update" in the Creative Cloud desktop app next to Photoshop. More detailed instructions for updating     Let us know if the update resolves the problem for those affected and share your feedback with us.     Thanks, Mohit
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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 18, 2020 Jun 18, 2020

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I suspect you're seeing this:  https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/photoshop-21-2-moving-layer-leaves-shadow-ima...

if you disable Legacy Compositing, does it work correctly?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 18, 2020 Jun 18, 2020

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Jeffrey, 

Thanks for responding. Unfortunately, that did not help this issue. It still goes to rubylith mode when I toggle to the mask by using the shortcut, CMD + \ .

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 26, 2020 Jun 26, 2020

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Can you make a screen recording of what you're seeing?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 26, 2020 Jun 26, 2020

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Jeffrey,

Here is a screen recording of the problem.

Thanks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwext35lZOE&feature=youtu.be

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Guide ,
Jun 26, 2020 Jun 26, 2020

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can confirm on win10 too.

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Explorer ,
Oct 25, 2020 Oct 25, 2020

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The problem is still there in the newly released Photoshop 22, windows 10.

Could you please at least keep what's already working??

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 22, 2022 Apr 22, 2022

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Hello,

The problem still exists, for me, I'm on a MAC, using OS 12.3.1, and Photoshop 23.3.1.

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 30, 2022 Apr 30, 2022

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Looks like the change wasn't pushed to the release version of Photoshop. The fix for this will be in an forthcoming update.


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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 30, 2022 Apr 30, 2022

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@alllan – In the short term, a script could be used with a custom keyboard shortcut.

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Community Beginner ,
May 01, 2022 May 01, 2022

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Thank you, @Stephen_A_Marsh, for that suggestion.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 01, 2022 May 01, 2022

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@alllan – no worries, just let me know if you wish to explore this workaround. It can be hard to use new keyboard shortcuts due to muscle memory, so you would need to really be feeling the pain to go down this path...

 

Edit: Better to post the scripts than not, just in case it helps somebody in the future...

 

Select the active layer mask channel:

 

selectLayerCompositeChannel("mask");

function selectLayerCompositeChannel(chanPara) {
    // "RGB" | "mask"
	var s2t = function (s) {
		return app.stringIDToTypeID(s);
	};
	var descriptor = new ActionDescriptor();
	var reference = new ActionReference();
	reference.putEnumerated( s2t( "channel" ), s2t( "channel" ), s2t( chanPara ));
	descriptor.putReference( s2t( "null" ), reference );
	descriptor.putBoolean( s2t( "makeVisible" ), false );
	executeAction(s2t( "select" ), descriptor, DialogModes.NO);
}

 

 

Select the active layer composite channel:

 

selectLayerCompositeChannel("RGB");

function selectLayerCompositeChannel(chanPara) {
    // "RGB" | "mask"
	var s2t = function (s) {
		return app.stringIDToTypeID(s);
	};
	var descriptor = new ActionDescriptor();
	var reference = new ActionReference();
	reference.putEnumerated( s2t( "channel" ), s2t( "channel" ), s2t( chanPara ));
	descriptor.putReference( s2t( "null" ), reference );
	descriptor.putBoolean( s2t( "makeVisible" ), false );
	executeAction(s2t( "select" ), descriptor, DialogModes.NO);
}

 

 

Toggle between selected composite and mask channels:

 

/* 
Based on a script by jazz-y
https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-discussions/detect-if-mask-or-layer-is-selected-with-js-script/m-p/11153109
*/

s2t = stringIDToTypeID;

(r = new ActionReference()).putProperty(s2t('property'), p = s2t('hasUserMask'));
r.putEnumerated(s2t("layer"), s2t("ordinal"), s2t("targetEnum"));
if (executeActionGet(r).getBoolean(p)) {
    (r = new ActionReference()).putProperty(s2t('property'), p = s2t('name'));
    (r = new ActionReference()).putEnumerated(s2t("layer"), s2t("ordinal"), s2t("targetEnum"));
    layerName = executeActionGet(r).getString(p);

    (r = new ActionReference()).putProperty(s2t('property'), p = s2t('channelName'));
    r.putEnumerated(s2t("channel"), s2t("ordinal"), s2t("targetEnum"));
    channelName = executeActionGet(r).getString(p);

    (r = new ActionReference()).putProperty(s2t('property'), p = s2t('alphaChannelOptions'));
    r.putEnumerated(s2t("channel"), s2t("ordinal"), s2t("targetEnum"));
    alphaChannel = executeActionGet(r).hasKey(p)

    if (channelName.indexOf(layerName) == 0 && !alphaChannel) {
        // var select = confirm('Layer mask selected\nSelect layer?') ? 'RGB' : null
        var select = 'RGB';
    } else {
        // var select = confirm('Layer selecter\nSelect mask?') ? 'mask' : null
        var select = 'mask';
    }
    if (select) {
        (r = new ActionReference()).putEnumerated(s2t("channel"), s2t("channel"), s2t(select));
        (d = new ActionDescriptor).putReference(s2t("null"), r);
        executeAction(s2t("select"), d, DialogModes.NO);
    }
}

 

https://prepression.blogspot.com/2017/11/downloading-and-installing-adobe-scripts.html

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Adobe Employee ,
May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022

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Hi there,

 

We're happy to announce the release of Photoshop 23.3.2. This update includes the fix for this issue. To see the list of all fixed issues, click here

 

To update Photoshop to 23.3.2, click "Update" in the Creative Cloud desktop app next to Photoshop. More detailed instructions for updating  

 

Let us know if the update resolves the problem for those affected and share your feedback with us.  

 

Thanks,

Mohit

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May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022

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@Stephen_A_Marsh, thank you for that detailed instruction on the scripts! You are correct, I wasn't feeling the bleeding pain to take this route. But, it's helpful to know.

And, as of version 23.3.2, the problem looks to be corrected, for me. Thanks, @Mohit Goyal .

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