Re: [Gimp-developer] Ctrl-clicking your way to a new layer mask

On 12/31/2015 01:20 PM, C R wrote:

> On 12/31/2015 09:51 AM, C R wrote:
>> Looks cool.
>> Although I like the idea of being able to modifier-click on the layers, I worry that when layers become multi-selectable in GIMP, the ctrl-key may be better used to toggle-select individual layers (shift being used to select a sub-section of layers). This is the convention used in most browsers and other programs. Maybe try the alt key as a modifier instead of ctrl?
> No it wouldn't interfere as you need to click on the image same as you do for the layer mask to select either you'd only be adding functionality to it.

Your video shows Ctrl-clicking on a layer. Intuitively I'd expect this to add the layer to the selection of layers, not create a layer mask. Clicking on an already selected layer should deselect it using this convention. This is why I recommend alt instead. It's less likely to get in the way of multi select operations, which GIMP will no doubt acquire eventually.

I guess whoever gets to commit this to git can make that call (alt or ctrl), though i personally would prefer it to ctrl.

> Easy as i've explained before so many times, when you have have too many applications opened at the same time all competing for shortcuts, i already don't have enough keys to accomodate all them as is. Maybe you don't have that issue but i'm hardly the only one in that situation.

Yes, I can't say that I envy that situation. Sounds like a mess! :) I have set up 10 system-wide shortcuts, and all of them are ctrl-alt-shift modifiers specifically so I don't run into conflicts. I use very hotkey heavy applications such as Blender 3D daily, so any software that required global hotkeys conflicting with GIMP, Blender, Inkscape etc. would get removed pretty quickly.

Rather than adding mystery functionality to ctrl-clicking, perhaps addressing the cause of your hotkey problem would be better in the long run?

That's what I would do anyway. :)

That's great for you, can't do that here.


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