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Select & Mask - Shift edge improvement

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Nov 07, 2023 Nov 07, 2023

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Adobe, make the Shift edge option predictable, moving ANY edge by an equal amount.

 

I decided to check Select & Mask - Shift edge option on 2 simple masks to understand how it actually works.

I can't effectively use this in my workflow, because it has almost no effect on my masks and now it’s clear why...

 

So, I created two solid color layers, the top one with a mask of 2 simple shapes done with the same Brush, Hardness 0 and 100.

IvanZayats_1-1699375922893.png

Shift mask edge.jpg

 

Let's open the mask in Select & mask window and Shift the edge to -100%.

IvanZayats_2-1699376611323.png

Boooom!

-100.jpg

  • hard edge has remained almost unchanged, soft edge has become half the size
  • both became semi-transparent (not neutral 128, but close to it)

IvanZayats_3-1699376889352.png

 

Let's undo and Shift the edge to +100%.

IvanZayats_4-1699377020018.png

Boooom!

+100.jpg

  • hard edge remained almost unchanged again, soft edge became twice as large

 

As we see, the Shift edge option is very specific - it's more effective for the soft edged masks and useless for hard edges... Since I often use the Pen tool for cut outs, I find this a problem.  Now I have to modify the mask edge outside the Select & mask window in multiple steps (load a selection from it, then go to the Menu: Select - Modify - Expand/Contract, then fill with white, deselect...). Too many extra steps just because the feature ignores the hard edges... WHY???

 

SUGGESTION: add a checkbox or another slider which will shift ANY edge by an equal amount.

Just like the Menu command Select - Modify - Expand/Contract. I don't wanna make those extra steps, I want it work the same predictable way here, in Select & mask workspace.

 

P.S. While writing this post and playing with other sliders I've found a solution to affect the hard edged mask. But it's not so obvious and anyway requires extra unnecessary clicks.

 

IvanZayats_5-1699380817658.png

In practice we can expand the hard edged mask with... the Feather slider! (it's not obvious, I told you 🙂 LOL). At the same time the Contrast must be 100%, the Shift edge value may vary. For simple masks it may work, but for complex ones, I doubt.... And this experimenting with a few sliders to change one parameter is nonsense! Not handy at all.

 

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