Re: [Gimp-user] keyboard shortcut for show mask? change opacity?

On 02/23/2014 03:20 PM, scl wrote:
Hi Elle,

On  23.2.2014 at 6:15 PM Elle Stone wrote:
"Layer/Mask/Show mask" let's you see the layer mask at 100% opacity. Is
there a way to set up a keyboard shortcut to show the layer mask without
having to traverse the menu?

By default there is no keyboard shortcut for this. But you can assign one:

1. In Linux (and Windows) go to Edit/Keyboard Shortcuts. (On OS X this
item is in the GIMP menu).
2. In the Search field enter 'show layer mask'.
3. Assign a shortcut to the action 'show layer mask'.

And can the layer mask be shown at less
than 100% opacity, so the underlying image is partially visible?

Sven, thank you! That works perfectly! Now "M" (formerly move, which isn't something I need a shortcut for) makes the mask appear and disappear, "Y" adds a layer mask, "E" selects/deselects the mask (I hardly ever make an ellipse selection), and "G" calls up gaussian blur for blurring the mask. This has instantly made using Gimp so much less laborious than it was ten minutes ago.

I don't know of a direct way. You can use an admittedly laborious

1. Right click on the layer mask.
2. In the layer masks menu choose 'Mask to Selection'.
3. Open the Channels dialog.
4. Add a new channel. In the 'New channel options' dialog check
'Initialize from selection' and set the Fill opacity to your needs.
You can later change it by right-clicking on that channel and
editing the channel attributes.

I came up with a quick workaround, which is to lower the opacity of the layer to 50%. Usually the underlying layer is similar enough to act as a guide for painting on the mask.

Currently the quick mask and the channels have adjustable opacity, but
not layer masks and color channels. To me it sounds like a requirement
that artists might have more often. We could consider then adding this

Not speaking for the artists out there, but I use masks and layers extensively. The time I spend changing the actual pixels in a layer is usually a pretty small percentage of the time spent painting on the layer mask to control what shows through. So anything that makes it easier to add a mask and work with it is a good thing. The custom keyboard shortcuts really help a lot. So thank you again!

Kind regards,


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