Masking Keyboard Shortcuts

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When doing any type of masking in ON1 Photo 10, I find that I work much more efficiently when I add keyboard shortcuts to my workflow.

I’ll admit that I don’t have every keyboard shortcut memorized in ON1, but I tend to look up and remember the shortcuts from the tools I use most often. Here is a list of my five favorite keyboard shortcuts in ON1 Layers.

1.   Brush Tool


Keyboard Shortcut: B

I tend to use the Brush tool more than any other tool when masking, and so it makes a lot of sense to have this one at the top of the list. It’s also the easiest to remember, considering that brush starts with the letter B.

2.   Perfect Brush


Keyboard Shortcut: Cmd+R (PC: Ctrl+R)

Next to the Brush tool, the Perfect Brush is something I use a lot. This feature is not a separate tool, but rather an option within the Brush tool. I find myself wanting to toggle it on-and-off quite regularly and go back and forth between the “regular” Brush tool and the Perfect Brush. By using this keyboard shortcut, I am able to quickly jump back and forth, which saves a lot of time.

3.   Toggle Paint in & Paint Out


Keyboard Shortcut: X

It takes a few clicks to change the mode in the options bar at the top of the screen, and so this is an excellent shortcut to use when you are doing some involved masking that requires a lot of back-and-forth. I find myself having to swap the modes when cleaning up a mask, especially when zoomed in really close (over 100% zoom), and by using this keyboard shortcut I can maintain focus on my work and not get distracted.

4.   Change Brush Size


Keyboard Shortcut: [ (decrease brush size) & ] (increase brush size)

The size of the brush is something that I am changing all the time. I don’t think I would get anything done in Layers if I had to manually adjust this in the options bar!

Bonus tip: To increase or decrease the Brush’s feather size, add the SHIFT key — Shift + [ and Shift + ].

5.   Preview Mask



Keyboard Shortcut: O

Previewing the mask is a great way to make sure that you are on the right track with your work. By using the mask preview you are able to quickly asses what needs to be masked in or out, and the keyboard shortcut makes it even easier to check your work.


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