Photoshop: Add layer mask to selection without applying?

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I sometimes have a selection and forgot to add a layer mask first. But when I add a mask when something is selected it automaticly applies to the selection. I don’t always want that. So what I do now is deselect, add the mask then reselect. But isn’t there a shortcut like holding some key when adding the mask without applying it to the selection? That would save the ‘trouble’ of ‘deselecting/reselecting’.
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Patrick Coerse

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Jaroslav Bereza

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Try this: press "Q" before adding, add mask, and press "Q" again.
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I have created a keyboard shortcut assigned to Menu items Layer>Layer Mask> Reveal All(Or you can use hide all to create a black mask). This will ignore the selection. If you don't want to create the shortcut, you can also do it manually by going to the menu and follow the same menu path(as per below image).
 
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Patrick Coerse

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Awesome, works both. Thanks guys!!!
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Patrick Coerse

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Just figured out CTRL + adding the layer mask does the trick :-)
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Cristen Gillespie

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> Just figured out CTRL + adding the layer mask does the trick :-)>

You're adding a vector mask. Is that okay with you? You don't care what kind of mask you add so long as you don't add the selection with it?