Mask Symbols

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Something I'd love to have in Photoshop: 

On complex compositing projects, I end up using the same masks again & again - oftentimes having 5-10 implementations of the same complex mask - but, if I need to change them to satisfy a client request, etc. I have to make the change to one mask, find all the other iterations of that mask, then copy & paste the changed version to each of them.  

My suggestion is that Photoshop offers "mask symbols" or "master masks" so that when this main mask is changed, all the changes are reflected everywhere they are implemented.  
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JohnF

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Posted 3 months ago

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Jerry Syder

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What about grouping your layers and adding the mask to that group? I’m guessing that doesn’t work in your scenario?
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JohnF

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Hey Jerry,

Yeah, unfortunately the builds are complex enough, it's not possible too keep all the layers that need the same mask in a single folder, but thanks for your reply.  On these types of projects, 100-200 layers  are pretty common with layers and layers of folders and sub-folders. 
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Warren Heaton

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Maybe “Mask Linking” would be the right name for this? It could mirror how Layers are linked. Good idea!