Select and Mask Observations

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I first posted this in the adobe forums and was asked to repost it here. Below is my original post. My experience with the Select and Mask panel is mostly positive, although I think the tool could be much, much better. From what I have read, it appears I am in the minority of users who actually like the new feature.

I'm working on a Mac Pro (Mid 2010) with upgraded 3.46 Ghz 6-Core Intel processor, 16 GB RAM, SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce 4096 MB Graphics Card.

Here's my original post:

Let me start by saying that I really love the new Select and Mask panel. Overall it has saved me a lot of time with masking, which is something I use on a daily basis. I love that most all of the selecting, masking and refining tools are all found in one place. I love that the quick select actually masks, not just selects. I love that the refine edge performs in almost real time. I'm guessing the real time performance might be even better on a newer more powerful machine. However there are a few things that don't work the way I think they should or wish they would. Maybe I'm missing something, or maybe one of you has figured out a work around.


1. The brush tool (third icon down) does not recognize my Wacom pressure sensitivity. This is a serious issue for me. Is this a bug, missing feature, or something I am doing wrong?


2. The brush tool has two states, plus or minus. This is essentially the same as painting a layer mask with black or white. I want to switch from plus to minus using my X key the same way I switch foreground background colors when painting a mask. This doesn't work. Is there a way to define the X key shortcut?


3. The shift key will modify a minus brush state to a plus, and the option key does the opposite. This is handy except when I want to brush a straight line with a shift click. The straight line is always brushed in the plus state. Is there any workaround for this?


Thanks for you help and suggestions. I'm curious if others have run into these same issues. There are other features I wish for too, like a straight lasso tool, and blend modes and opacity change for the brush tool. I'm hoping to see these in the next release.

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