Saving Masks within a document
Hi there, I seem to remember, years ago, in Photoshop, making masks with one of the marquee selection tools and then saving it as a path. For instance, I could draw around a foot and then save it as a path named "foot", or whatever I chose, which I could then use as a painting mask on any layer I wanted, just by selecting it and painting within the "marching ants", or even inverting the selection and painting on the outside.
Can this be done in CSP Ex? Or am I wasting my time trying to work out how to do it? All suggestions gratefully received.
You could get the equivalent functionality various ways in CSP. The most obvious that comes to mind is to create your selection in a greyscale layer, then register it as a material in your materials library. You could then just drop it back into a document, right click on the layer and choose "selection from layer".
I am sure there are faster and more clever ways to do it, but I figured that was a quick way to test it out as there are already suitable image layers in the library.
You can make your selection and then save it as a selection layer or as a quickmask. You can move the content of the mask/selection layer with the move layer tool... etc. and you can click on the colored box for that mask/selection layer to restore the selection. and you can draw inside, outside or on the selection using Edit>outline selection. if its really just the "path" of the outside of the selection you could also create a custom ruler. There are also other ways but these would be the usual ones. Doing it as a ruler would allow you to stroke the path with a flexible line width brush... as opposed to "Outline Selection" which would give you a line of constant width.
Thanks 888toto, that is exactly what I wanted. :)