Feature Request: Live editing with instant previews (masking, blend modes, dodge, burn tools, sponge tool)

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Hi Photoshop Family,

I've done a lots of work now with Photoshop and also another wonderful program called Affinity Photo.

As I did this, I found a magnificent feature that is in Affinity Photo which is not currently available in Photoshop, but this feature is such a huge time saver and makes editing so much more convenient and fun.

It is a feature called "Live editing with instant previews", this means:

When I for example compose two pictures and put a mask on the image on the top layer, if I select that mask and start painting on it with the paint brush tool, I get a live preview of the underlaying layer whereever I hover over even before I start painting (including the actual brush hardness and opacity, etc.) this live visual feedback makes it so much easier to mask and compose.

When I use the dodge and burn tools or the sponge tool, I also get this live preview of what the area that is affected would look like when I hover over it before I even click.

When I click through the blend modes, there also I get a live preview when I hover over the different blend modes in the dialog on the layer panel.

This live editing feature also works with layers in blending modes and brushing on the, there also it a live preview.

This feature is marvellous and such a huge time saver, so if it is possible I would love to see it adopted to Photoshop.

Thank you ever so much.

Kindest regards from Germany,
Robert Christian Strasser

I have added a video from Affinity Photo where the feature can be seen live in action, it's found around 2:28 where the instructor starts to add a layer mask and some seconds afterwards the preview can be seen in the video :o)

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eartho

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From what i understand, implementing these features would require a complete rewrite of the entire application. Don't expect that to happen anytime soon.
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> From what i understand, implementing these features would require a complete rewrite of the entire application.>

At some point, though, I think Photoshop is going to have to concurrently manage to keep the old PS going while it rewrites whatever is necessary to stay competitive, if it's not doing so already. Affinity has all the advantage right now of building with new code. It will lose some of that advantage over time, but will PS be able to compete if it doesn't bite the bullet and put in a new foundation?
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Hi Eartho,

Thank you ever so much for your reply.

I have no idea about the inner workings of Photoshop's program code and if I had I would probably understand nothing :) I just desired to share the inspiration/idea with the Photoshop community/team

But what I know for sure is that the programmers of this masterpiece of software (Photoshop) are surely masters of their expertise and I'm grateful for their wonderful work

Kindest regards,
Robert Christian Strasser
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