Instantly realease Background Layer when adding Layer Mask

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Every time I want to Apply a selection as a Layer Mask to a photo, I first have to 'release' the Background Layer by double clicking it.
Why not let Photoshop do that automatically for me? I want a Layer Mask, so do what's needed robot!   ;-)
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That's already possible. If you have a background layer and a selection, then go to menu 'Layer - Layer Mask - Reveal Section' (or 'Hide Selection'). 
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That's definitely possible in CC. Which version of PS are you using?
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And if you do this often, create a custom keyboard shortcut for it. Or, if you're like me and don't want to remember yet another kbsc and you hate dumpster diving in menus or responding to unwanted dialog popups, just click (once) on the lock icon and then on the add mask icon.  Lots of ways.  '-}
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> That's definitely possible in CC. Which version of PS are you using?>

Since Adobe only updates the latest (or future) version, it won't make any difference what he's on now. <BG>  But knowing the menu item is there, or that a click on the lock icon transforms a background layer, is something I'll bet a lot of people aren't aware of.  There's plenty in PS that's well hidden. I'm pretty sure both methods go back quite a ways, though.
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Yes. If I got one dollar for each time that somebody requests a feature that actually already exists, I would be a wealthy man by now.
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All we need is money from the invisible Stamp Visible command. <G>
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To make things even easier: I don't remember if you could do this in earlier versions, but In Photoshop CC2018 you can simply click on the 'Add Layer Mask' icon in the layers panel. That is not only possible with normal layers, also with (only) the background layer. Hold the Alt-key if you want to hide the selection in the mask (so the selection becomes the black part).