Unable to scale shape layer's layer mask independent from shape

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In Photoshop CS6, when you have a shape layer with a layer mask, and the two are not linked together, and the layer mask is selected, you should be able to scale the layer mask independently of the shape. What actually happens is the shape gets scaled and the layer mask stays untouched. In fact, even if you option-click on the layer mask to show the mask by itself, and then try to scale it, you still end up scaling the shape instead of the mask. Even if you go as far as to make a pixel selection of the layer mask and attempt to scale the pixels, the shape still gets scaled and the layer mask still stays put! Unbelievable!

This works correctly in CS4, but not in CS6 (don't know about CS5).
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Kris Hunt

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Posted 6 years ago

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Kris Hunt

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I have learned that the reason the shape keeps getting scaled is that the shape's path keeps getting selected in the Paths palette. While deselecting the path will then let you scale the layer mask pixels, the path should not be selected in the first place if all you do is click on the layer mask. It never did that in Photoshop CS4. This needs to be fixed.