When I’m painting in a more painterly way starting from a clean pencil sketch, I prefer to work with selection masks instead of different layers for the different coloured areas since this way I can blend more easily.
Still, my workflow is pretty much identical to the common way of colouring line-art. I can either:
- Wand select an area from the sketch, create a local selection mask, bucket fill with a flat colour as a starting point. Tedious because the wand selections often aren’t very good and need to be corrected manually.
- Use the Colorize Mask for smarter detection of edges, then use the wand selection (or similar color selection) on the flats to create local selection masks. This gives better selections, but is still tedious to do over and over again for a complex subject.
Whereas if I wanted separate layers, I could use “Layer -> Split -> Split Layer” after the colorize mask and be done with it. So for me it would be incredibly helpful if “Split Layer” had an option to split into local selection masks directly instead of different layers.
Coding-wise, I think it shouldn’t be hard to do since local selection masks are light weight layers anyway. Maybe a nice first feature for a new coder?
What do people think?