When i am practicing a major scale i then recognize it immediately on the piano. do you also know by heart how to immediately recognize a harmonic minor scale (which has more a dinstinct pattern) , and other important modes etc ... when playing freely on the piano? Because then it is a lot of scales to remember the patterns of them...
Except it's not a lot of scales /modes to remember. There are 12 scales, and each has 7 modes associated. That could amount to 84 - except - the notes in each of the 7 modes are the same as those in the parent keys. So we're back to 12. Not so bad.
It doesn't make a lot of difference if we think major modes or modes of harmonic minor, as the modes are still made from the parent scale notes in each. The big difference is where the tune in centred, which in the early stages of recognition may cause some confusion. I often feel with modal pieces that there could be two centres. One being the parent key - which then gives a clue as to which mode, as the tune's centre will be different - unless, of course, it's in the Ionian mode. So, the same works for major modes, too.
I think the only way to visualize them best is by practice. You don't have to make effort to memorize every scale. The more you play different songs, or practice scales, it becomes more natural. And even if you don't know them all, it's not a big deal.
For example, if you asked me to play the harmonic minor of A#, I would have to think for a few seconds, because it's barely used. But in the case of G#, I see it immediately, because I have played a bunch of songs that use it.
The more you practice and play, the easier it becomes.