rubylith for multiple layer masks (CS2)

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by name, May 16, 2007.

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    name Guest


    When working with photoshop CS2, something mystifies me about working
    with layer masks. Sometimes, when working with multiple layer masks I
    it useful to toggle to the rubylith display for the layer mask and in
    this mode,
    I switch between editing different layer masks. At this point,
    sometimes it occurs that the paintbrush tool seems to alternate
    between the shape set in the brush options and having a hard-edged
    square shape.

    I have some screenshots here to illustrate this phenomenon.

    As can be seen in this first screenshot, I'm working with two layers
    and each of them has a layermask:

    I've changed the Layer Mask Display options, so the rubylith will be
    displayed in a turquoise color:

    Now here is the situation right before the effect occurs. I've
    the rubylith display of one of the layer masks and I switched to the
    layermask to draw on that, to see how the rubylith display will

    Here I've drawn a single stroke with the brush and you can see
    that it looks very weird and I can't imagine this is an intentional

    As can be seen in the last screenshot, the brush displays a very
    effect, but as soon as I'm above the white area in the layer mask of
    layer 1, it temporarily works normally, but above the black area in
    that layer mask, the shape of the brush is squareshaped with a hard
    Surely this must be a bug of some sort?
    Wouldn't it be better if the rubylith mode toggled off as soon as you
    would try to paint on a different layer mask than the one for which
    the rubylith mode was enabled? Or, alternatively, painting on any of
    several layer masks should switch the rubylith mode to being enabled
    for that particular layer mask that's being worked on.
    Is this a know bug and has this been fixed in an update or perhaps in
    photoshop CS3?

    Kind regards and thanks in advance for any feedback about this issue,
    name, May 16, 2007
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    pico Guest

    If it is not a bug, then it is certainly a design flaw.

    Well described. Post it to Adobe's photoshop forum!
    pico, May 16, 2007
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