No problem, Elle, glad to help. I find the "d" and "x" hotkeys handy for
painting/erasing the mask layer, because "d" ensures pure black and white
are in the foreground/background colours, and x swaps them, so the
paintbrush/airbrush/eraser (whichever you are using to paint your mask)
then becomes a switch-able painter and eraser with one touch of the x key,
rather than trying to use different hotkeys to switch tools. I've found
this is less confusing to new students than trying to use the eraser (which
should always erase transparency, in my opinion), but may or may not erase
to transparency based on what is the foreground and background colour. The
idea of painting transparency (which is what you are doing with a mask)
seems to be much easier to grasp than erasing to transparency based on the
state of the eraser.

On Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 3:04 PM, Elle Stone <>

> On 04/03/2015 03:36 PM, C R wrote:
>> Not to be a pain, but if you have a selection already (that you want to
>> keep), clicking and dragging a colour fills the selection, which is not
>> the same as making a new layer with foreground/background, or white. If
>> I'm outvoted on the issue though, I will simply change my workflow. The
>> hotkeys for fill with fg and bg are useful. Also don't forget the "x"
>> key, which swaps foreground and background colours (I use this a lot
>> when painting masks). The "d" key changes the fg and bg colours to black
>> and white (d for default) as well. This is the same in Photoshop.
>> On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 5:47 PM, Elle Stone
>> < <>>
>> wrote:
>>     As long as shift-click and dragging a color to the new layer keeps
>>     on working, changing the new layer dialog doesn't present any
>>     problem that I can see.
>>     In case anyone else doesn't already know this, if you have a
>>     selection made, dragging the color to the layer fills the selection.
>>     It's a very convenient shortcut.
> The very convenient shortcut that I meant was dragging the color to the
> layer.
> Earlier in this message I think someone mentioned that their workflow
> involved making a selection and only filling that selection with a color,
> which is why I mentioned that if you already have a selection made, the
> dragged color will fill the selection.
> In my own workflow, I don't fill selections with colors. Instead I use a
> mask to mask off the area that I want to be affected by the layer color.
> Thanks! for the tip about using "x" for swapping the foreground and
> background color. That's a lot more convenient than moving the mouse to
> click the swap foreground/background button.
> Elle
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