I'm wondering if this is possible in both the Liquify interface and in the regular Layers (layer masks).

I'd like to be able to toggle the mask overlay without having to move the cursor away from my work.

  • Hi, is it for Mac?
    – David
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 23:09
  • @MichaelClark Can you explain why this is more relevant to graphic design as opposed to photography? I asked it here because masking isn't something I worry about very much when doing graphic design work.
    – juil
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 23:21
  • @David Yes, I am on a Mac.
    – juil
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 23:28
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    @rhaphazard Because you haven't placed it in a context of solving a problem that is specifically about creating a photograph as opposed to graphic design in general, where you might be dealing with an already existing photograph as you integrate it into a graphic design project.
    – Michael Clark
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 0:04
  • @MichaelClark Okay, that makes sense. Is there a way for me to move the question myself? Or do we just wait for more votes?
    – juil
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 0:40

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I believe what you are looking for is the '\' key (backslash). It will toggle the masked area on/off by showing it as a red overlay (varying shades dependent on strength).

  • Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for. I'm surprised this was so difficult to find. But as soon as I add "backslash" to my search so many results that I didn't see before popup.
    – juil
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 23:28

There isn't one by default, but it's easy enough to add your own.
Edit menu > Keyboard shortcuts > reveal Layer

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  • This isn't what the person asked. This turns on and off the mask. They asked for the Mask View.
    – Ryan
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 11:49

Shift + Alt and click on the mask.

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    Hello Marius, welcome to GD.SE and thanks for your answer. Please, don't use ALL CAPS in your posts here, it reads like shouting and is considered very rude. For keyboard shortcuts we have the custom <kbd></kbd> tags. As you are new, I recommend you have a look at the tour and the help center to understand more about this site and Stack Exchange in general. Thanks and see you 'round!
    – Vincent
    Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 9:26
  • Yes, this is the only way for using the Toggle layer mask on/off as rubylith (layer mask must be selected) function with keyboard layouts which don't have the key for \. One example is Croatian keyboard layout where there is Ž at the place of backslash.
    – Chupo_cro
    Commented Sep 23, 2020 at 1:04

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