Photoshop: Please, stop making me reset colors to paint on a Channel.

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Please, stop making me reset colors to paint on a Channel.

Current behavior:
CMYK image
Single Layer with a layer mask
Foreground color = Red
Background color = Black

If I highlight the layer thumbnail and paint, it paints red.
If I highlight the Layer Mask thumbnail, the colors temporarily switch to black and white, and I paint black.
If I return to the layer thumbnail, I again paint red.

This is a minor stroke of usability genius -- allowing colors to be retained but still using the Layer Mask as intended.

If I highlight a single channel such as Cyan, I paint a grey the equivalent value of the red foreground color.

What would be really handy is.....

Since Channels, like Layer Masks, only allow black and white (and greys) to be painted, why not implement the same color behavior that Layer Masks enjoy?

When I highlight a single channel in the Channel Panel, temporarily set the colors to black and white removing any need to reset the colors and allowing me to retain the set foreground color when I return to the layer to paint.

So often I have to reload the foreground color because I had to paint on a channel, which forced me to reset the colors.

Would be a small thing.. but really helpful.
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Scott W

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