Photoshop: Don't change layer/channel selection when using quickmask mode.

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Currently Photoshop CS6 (v. 13.0) works like this. If you select a layer (layer with pixels), then click on the layer mask, you can edit the transparency of pixels. However, if you go into Quickmask mode (letter Q), then the selection in the layers panel changes to the pixels. After you set up the selection using Quickmask and get out of Quickmask mode, the selection is the pixels of the layer, not the mask.

This behavior is unintuitive because it changes the selection "behind the back" of the user.

I suggest that when the layer mask is selected in the layers panel, choosing quickmask should not change the selection.

Similar behavior can be seen in the channels panel. If you choose the mask of the current layer in the channels panel, then go into Quickmask mode, a "Quick Mask" channel is created. When you go out of Quickmask mode, then the RGB/Red/Green/Blue channels are selected, not the channel that was selected when you went into Quickmask mode.

I suggest that Photoshop should remember the selected channel(s) and restore the selection after exiting Quickmask mode.

The reason for this suggestion is that I have many times now edited the pixels in the image (e.g., with the delete key) rather than the pixels in the mask as I intended, because Photoshop changed the selection from the mask to the layer pixels when I did not expect it.
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Alan Harper

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I very seldom use Quick Mask Mode, so I hadn’t noticed that.

I suppose a Scripting solution might be feasible as a work-around if you want to implement a more immediate solution. But as one can have multiple open documents enter/exit Quick Mask Mode it might be advisable to store the Channels-information in the files’ metadata.