Fastest way to replace mask with current selection (Photoshop)
Situation: I want to use the current selection as a mask on layer X. Layer X already has a mask, and I want to completely replace it.
If layer X didn't already have a mask, I could do this in one step by clicking
Add layer mask in the Layers palette.
Given that layer X already has a mask, what is the quickest way to do this? Can this be done in one or two steps, preferably by keystroke?
How I do it now: Drag layer X's mask to trash, click layer X, click
Add layer mask. This becomes tedious when you have to do it to a lot of layers.
Make an action of your current workflow.
To be more specific, make an action like this:
Delete mask from your current layer ( Make sure to have your layer selected when you do this. If you have your mask selected you'd always have to select the mask when running the action )
Make a new Layer mask ( Make sure you have selection before you click it )
Then just give the action a shortcut.
The workflow with this action:
- Make your selection
- Select a layer with a mask
- Use the shortcut ...and the mask is replaced with your selection