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Wed, Nov 6, 2019 9:44 PM

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Photoshop 2020: Toggle composite mask key overridden/should be customizable

I just updated from Photoshop CC to Photoshop 2020. One of the tools I use often is "Toggle composite and grayscale mask in Quick Mask mode", which has a default keyboard shortcut of "~" Tilde in Photoshop CC. However, in Photoshop 2020, this has been re-assigned to a new function called "Toggle between painting and erasing with the same brush tip". Pressing or holding the ~ key activates the new function instead.

How do I "Toggle composite and grayscale mask in Quick Mask mode" now? I can't find/re-assign either of the aforementioned functions in keyboard shortcuts. I tried toggling both "use legacy shortcut" options in the keyboard shortcut menu, followed with a Photoshop restart, with no success.  

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Adobe Administrator

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a year ago

Thanks for reporting. I'm following up with the engineering team.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Any news on that? This is what holding me from moving from 2017 version (and also lack of supporting 32bit plugins — I have some I can’t work without).

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@egor_chistyakov 

Not a perfect fix, but elsewhere in the comments here someone pointed out that you can hit shift + ` to achieve the same thing that just ` by itself used to do. An extra key, which is annoying for those of us who never use ` for eraser, but better than not being able to view the greyscale mask without clicking. 

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It takes some time getting used to but that's how I use the shortcut now. I understand that in order to switch to grayscale mask you do have to press the character input for "~", and not the [` ~] key. That seems to be the logic.

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@alexander_lane_inic6nwfjd16v  Yeah, Shift+grave could suite me... But I'm still struggling with Ctrl+Shift+F instead of Ctrl+F for 'Fade'. Argh. Thanks though.

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a year ago

Thanks! Here is an interesting update:
If I am not using any of the brush modes, pressing the ~ key defaults to the original "Toggle composite mask". It looks like at least for now, I just need to switch to a non-brush tool and press ~ to toggle the mask whenever I want to use it. I can work with that—at least I can access the tool!

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476 Points

a year ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Fix ~ (Tilde) Brush Toggle to be more versatile (Please!).

I love that there's a way to toggle any brush to an eraser besides using the Clear blend mode as I use to before but... But. Please enrich this feature a bit more. Right now there doesn't seem to be any way to remap the Brush Toggle function to any other key (which makes it hard to use as a Left because my Tablet is in the way. Also can we have the option to control whether this is a press and hold toggle or a press once toggle? I think it'd be a ton more useful to not have to hold the key once the state is toggled...

1. Let us remap the Brush toggle from ~ (Tilde) to any key we want.

2. Let us change whether the toggle is press and hold or press once and activated until pressing again. I'd much rather be able to press the Brush Toggle button once and have it stay toggled while I work with it and then toggle it back with a key press.

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a year ago

I reported this in pre-release: Bug ID - PS-38280
It seems like there is some work in progress.

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a year ago

I have the same issue. I'd like to re-assign the tilde so I can use it to toggle between grayscale mode and quick mask mode, while using the brush, as before. In addition to Arthur's workaround, I found I can hold the Shift key, while in the brush, and press tilde and toggle between grayscale and quick mask. It might save one or two keystrokes, for the moment, until a solution is made.

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Thanks for sharing that finding! Definitely helps me out!

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a year ago

I agree this should be customisable because people with non-english keyboards (like me) can't use this shortcut. Or at least I can't find any way to make it work, since the "tilde" symbol is not assigned to the same key in an english keyboard than in a spanish one.

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a year ago

Hello on macOS with french language and QWERTZ swiss keyboard we don't ave acces to these caracters directly : ~ [] ; : _ >

It is therefore necessary to adapt every abbreviated not modifiable to this problem and to give us efficient resolutions!

In PS 20.0.1 fench version QWERTZ swiss keyboard  the "~   is "<" key


Swiss keyboard



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Well, without a numeric keypad, one can't even target the channels, or change the opacity of a layer... That's why I often use a US version.

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a year ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 2020 Tilde Issue.

Hello,
i have a problem with the tilde to switch between painting and erasing with the same tip shape.
I use an Ergodox keyboard, and I have also tried on other keyboard, but the shortcut does not work.
I also can not reasign the function to another shortcut,
I hope that adobe will add the possibility of assigning another keyboard shortcuts to this function, because it is really very interesting.

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272 Points

From what I noticed, you have to hold the tilde key to change it from paint to erase. It's not a toggle button. 

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118 Points

I do not understand why you moved my post, it's not really the same problem, it's really stupid.
It could not be worse for you to integrate this function.
to answer Arthur Shi, I 've never talked about Toggle, what are you talking about?

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Sorry if I misunderstood your issue. I personally didn't realize I had to hold down the key for it to work, so I thought maybe it's more common. 

I think they merged this into the same thread because these issues all center around functions activated by the tilde key. 

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a year ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 2020: show red mask shortcut missing " on german keyboard.

On german keyboard and on a mac I miss the shortcut "<". Normally it should show an hide the red mask overlay as if you option-shift click on the mask in levels palette. As this is not custumizable it should come back soon., please...

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On german keyboard the function to show the red mask seems to be alt+< now. Only arrow toggles brush and  temporarily erase

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a year ago

Another problem I noticed with the accent grave shortcut is that the brush tool blending mode drop down does not reflect the toggle.

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I think that's because it doesn't technically act like any of the brush blending modes. You'd think it was acting as clear, but I don't think that's technically the case.

Im not at my computer right now but I don't think clear blending mode works when painting on masks but holding tilde does. So tilde acts identically to the eraser tool but with the same brush selected as your brush tool.

I honestly can't believe they would implement a new feature with absolutely zero customization. You can't rebind it to a new key and you can't change its behavior. I'd love for example if you could choose to press it once to toggle it on and press it again to toggle it off. Instead you have to press and hold which is really awkward considering you can't change the button's mapping which affects some users more than others especially when it comes to handedness and if you're drawing with a tablet, etc.

Come on Adobe. You can do better. You should do better.

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96 Points

a year ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 2020: Tastenkombination für Maske anzeigen funktioniert nicht mehr.

Seit dem Update von Photoshop 2020 (MacOS Catalina) funktioniert die Tastenkombination für Maske anzeigen (<) nicht mehr, wenn der Pinsel aktiv ist.

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112 Points

a year ago

Die Funktion ist jetzt unter alt+< zu finden. Nur < springt zwischen malen und radieren (solange < gehalten wird, wird radiert). Die Funktionen sind auch noch bei Adobe auf der Website falsch dokumentiert (da behauptet man es sei die "Tilde unterhalb escape"). Dumm, dass man das nirgends selber konfigurieren kann.

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96 Points

Tausend Dank für deinen Tip! Bin mega happy :-)

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a year ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Problem with "Toggle Composite/Grayscale mask".

I have been experiencing an issue with Photoshop 2020 that while I have the brush tool selected working on masks (quick mask, layer mask, etc) it won't allow me to toggle between composite and grayscale masks using the Tilde (~) shortcut key.
I have to change to any other tool and that allows me to switch the mask functionality. It is extremely not practical since I mostly use brushes when working with masks, and shortcuts are supposed to make workflow easy and intuitive. 

I can also make it work while the brush tool is active if I press the Tilde (~) key while also pressing the "Shift" key. I think this is because photoshop understands I'm specifically typing Tilde (~) and not just pressing the key  ( ` ~ ). this is very counter-intuitive since it works just fine when simply pressing the key while on any other active tool .



I have seen this issue discussed on another forum entry but I have not found any solution or fix in newer Photoshop updates. I currently use version 21.0.3.

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/toggle-composite-mask-key-overridden-in-photoshop-2020?topic-reply-list%5Bsettings%5D%5Bfilter_by%5D=all