Photoshop: non-destructive mask editing using adjustments (curves)

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Apr 13, 2011 Apr 13, 2011

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I'd like to be able to use a non-destructive curves adjustment on a mask. I do a lot of complex masking, and it would help if I could use curves to temporarily add contrast to dark or light areas of the mask.

Even better would be the ability to use the luminosity of a layer group or a smart object as a layer mask.
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May 13, 2011 May 13, 2011

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Here is a mock-up of what I'd really like to see. It would give the same options for editing masks as we currently have for luma/chroma channels. The inset area is the set of layers that is applied to the layer mask of the layer under it.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 30, 2011 May 30, 2011

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»Even better would be the ability to use the luminosity of a layer group or a smart object as a layer mask.«
Utilizing a Clipping Mask and the Blend If-settings of a Layer/SO that is possible to some (fairly limited) extent now.
Edit: A very limited extent actually ... it’s a fairly uncomfortable work-around with the Blend If-settings set in the SO, so previewing is not instantaneous.

And in my opinion your request does not go far enough: full Smart Object functionality for Layer Masks (including Layers, Masks etc.) would seem preferable to me.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 01, 2011 Jun 01, 2011

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Great suggestion David.

As you may be aware, to some extend the MASK Dialog box offers some limited, nondestructive options to modify the layer Mask, but I agree - more flexibility would be useful here.

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New Here ,
Jun 11, 2011 Jun 11, 2011

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This would be very helpful. Great idea.

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Participant ,
Aug 06, 2011 Aug 06, 2011

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I came here to suggest just the same. Nice to see, that I am not alone 🙂

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LEGEND ,
Jun 01, 2016 Jun 01, 2016

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There is workaround how to do that. Sory for non-english tutorial but this maybe is not everywhere in English: http://graficketipy.cz/sedmero-vrstev-4/ You should be able aplly adjustemt layer on Smart Object mask. You can also save "Blend if presset" into layer styles panel and then aplly with single click.

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