Perhaps I use layers a bit differently from the average user, but I find that the recent C1 release provides a serious degradation in the functionality of heal/clone layers. We have now lost the ability to refine or to feather heal/clone masks once they have been drawn; we are unable to simply draw a mask with a universal brush and then choose the layer type after; and we are also now unable to copy a mask either from or to a clone/heal layer. These were all essential parts of my retouching workflow previously which are now impossible. I have tried to work around these limitations and learn to use C1's new layers as intended, but I find that they are far slower, more tedious than my previous approach, and with less pleasing results.
I also have a strange issue where every time I pick up my Wacom stylus to touch-up a heal mask, C1 arbitrarily switches to the topmost adjustment layer instead-- I think because it interprets my input as the wrong 'brush type'. It is a puzzIing--and infuriating-- interface update.
To make matters worse, the (thousands) of heal/clone masks that I have created over the past three years have now become 'broken' or 'baked-in' by the catalog update, as these masks can no longer be refined properly, and their source points cannot be adjusted-- presumably to keep them compatible with the limitations of the new heal/clone layer engine.
...Am I missing something here? Other users seem generally pleased with the update. Has anyone else experienced similar problems?
Phase One: if you wish to keep these new tools in their current iteration, awesome. Give them their own space, maybe name them something different-- whatever. Just as Spot Removal is a 'tool' rather than a layer, etc. But please, please give us back the full functionality and flexibility that we once enjoyed with the clone/heal layers.
Ultimately, these changes proved so utterly workflow-breaking for me that after a few hours of frustration I uninstalled C1, reverted to the previous version, and restored my old catalog from a backup. I'm just not willing to alter my workflow enough to accommodate these new 'features'.
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