Photoshop: add an option to reset a layer mask (all black or all white) when duplicating a layer

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When I duplicate a layer, can I specify a preference as to whether a layer mask should be copied or not?

As a photographer, I fine tune an image with a few adjustment layers and I use layer masks to apply the effects to select parts of the image. When I want to apply the same processing to other images, I use the duplicate layer dialog and then I have to reset all of the layer masks to black. It would be nice if there was a way to specify how layer masks should be handled when using the duplicate layer dialog. Options could be: retain layer masks as-is, remove layer mask, set layer mask to white, set layer mask to black.
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Chris Cox

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No, there is no such preference. Duplicating should duplicate the layer exactly, not change the mask.

While an option could be added to the duplicate layer dialog, that wouldn't help drag and drop layer copying (which gets used more often).
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Thanks Chris. I understand the intention that duplicating should duplicate the layer exactly. I just go a little crazy doing that to 30 images for a particular session. :-)

I should probably study Actions a bit and figure out how to implement these different layer duplications myself. Might look at that as a solution.