I'm a fan of the idea of making the addition of a layer mask easier, and
not a fan of adding more buttons if it can be avoided...  So Ctrl+Click
sounds like a great comprom
On Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 2:17 PM Ben <draekko.softw...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I had posted a patch to a bug report to add support for a button to be
> added to the toolbar for the layer dialog/widget (see
> https://imgur.com/wkyxoqM), but it's been suggested i post here for
> starters to start a dialog. So here i go :)
> I was wondering what the reticence to having the button there was.
> Photoshop has a similar feature to add layer masks which avoids having
> to reach for the menu to enable it.
> It was originally suggested i just make a keyboard shortcut but for me
> and i would think for a lot of people that would not be exactly
> feasible. I already have too many apps that could make use of that and
> too few keys on the keyboard i could de-allocate from them as-is :)
> For me and most folks coming from photoshop who may give GIMP a try
> would find this slowing us down considerably in our work flow
> (especially when working on composites where masking is heavily used).
> Hence why i came up with a patch to add a button to add them from the
> interface and opened a bug report for that.
> Having said that, i've spent the week since pondering an alternative
> that could solve everyones dilemma, which would be to add the ability to
> ctrl-click the selected layer to enable a layer mask (which if that were
> added, it would be trivial add the opposite effect to remove the layer
> mask by also ctrl-clicking).
> I haven't looked at the code yet (been busy with this whole icon themes
> business lol) so not sure how feasible/work it involves but if it will
> never get added there isn't much point for me to go on and try to
> implement it.
> So here we are, what do you all think?
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