Multiple adjustments linked to one mask - a "smart mask" for Lightroom

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I'd like the ability to create just one mask that would serve for multiple adjustment instances. Duplicate masks are a pain to work with, and if you want to alter the brush editing, or orientation, you have to do it on all copies.

Why not give us a way to use the exact same filtermask for multiple adjustments. This way, if we have to alter the mask, we can edit them “all” because they're only one mask.

The user interface I imagine would allow us to add a new adjustment to the mask at will, delete an existing adjustment, or select any one of our adjustments to edit. A bonus would be to allow us to “explode” the multiple into separate masks. Another bonus would be to let us label each, to cut down confusion.

This new feature would work on gradient filter, radial filter, and brush only.

I can hear the objections, that it will make things complex, that it will be hard to keep track, or see we have multiple edits. But I think that could be ameliorated with good UI design, and it's a mess to try to work with duplicates as it is.

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I don't understand your point.  You can already make one mask and apply as many different adjustments settings as you wish using that one mask and this can be done either before or after you create the mask.  For example, you can use the brush tool to paint an area (i.e. create a mask) and then for example change the contrast, exposure, saturation, and dehaze using that one mask (one 'pin" on the image).  you can then come back tomorrow, re-select that same pin representing the mask, and decide  to take away the dehaze, add even more contrast and put in a touch of texture.  

If you are talking about something else, please explain.  

I'm also not clear on the real value of being able to name these masks.  If you click on a pin and leave your mouse on it shows you the mask and by looking at the sliders you should have a pretty good idea of what you used that mask for.  However if you do have many "'pins" on the same image I can see how having list of them with user supplied names could be useful but I'm not sure who many people would benefit from it.  

What I would find more useful is to be able to see all targeted adjustment pins for an image at the same time regardless of which tool (Radial, Graduated, or brush) was used to create the mask in the first place.  Clicking on any one of the pins would select the tool used for that pin.  
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To give a simple example, suppose you want both a luminance and a color range mask. Sometimes to do extreme adjustments you might want to duplicate masks and apply "more" of your extreme adjustment.

I think seeing all pins at once could be useful in some case, but if you've applied many - could be confusing. Maybe a toggle for 'show all' would be the way to go.
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Dan, as I was working earlier, I saw the wisdom of your suggestion to see all the pins. A simple coding on the pin, symbol or color could let you distinguish gradient, radial, or brush.