Where has this Quick Mask Preview Tip Been My Whole Life?
I always liked the idea of the Quick Mask in Photoshop. For those who may not be familiar, the Quick Mask feature is accessed by pressing the \ key on your keyboard while painting a mask on your image. It shows you in a temporary red veil what you are masking out when toggled on (where you are painting with black). On the surface, it sounds great, but it has a massive flaw, in my opinion.
The Quick Mask is red and a faint red at that, so it can be difficult to see very well when you toggle it on. It was because of the Adobe default that I never really used it. Here I, about 20 years later, think that the Quick Mask feature would be awesome if I could change the color.
After doing some serious digging in the menus of Photoshop, I found out how to change the Quick Mask, and I just had to share it with you. I thought it would be in the normal Photoshop preferences, I was wrong :/
To change the color, follow the tutorial at the bottom of this page or the directions below:
- Open a new document.
- Add an Adjustment Layer
- Start painting in the mask with black
- Go to “Channels”
- Then select the mask you are painting
- Go to the options in the upper right-hand corner of the channels palette
- Click on “Layer Mask Options”
- Change the color and Opacity to your desired preference. I prefer about 65% opacity with a pure magenta color.
I will show you how to do this in the tutorial below and compare it to my other favorite way to see what I am doing on my layers in Photoshop with the Layer Styles dialog. Enjoy!