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Tue, Oct 18, 2011 11:23 PM

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Photoshop: Rotate Brush Tip 'On the fly' (Keyboard shortcut, Mouse-wheel or Click + Drag)

This may seem wild, but many ideas might've seem that way when first introduced, so bare with me as I believe it would be rather sexy addition to using brushes in Photoshop.

Imagine you choose a brush tip and are ready to use it in your art. But it's not quite right and you could use the Brush Tip to rotate few degrees. So you go to your Brush Palate and Brush Tip Shape Palate and manually rotate the wheel in that Dialog Box or type the number of degrees in a Angle Box(°).
Then you go back to your art and continue using the newly set up brush. Until - you need to adjust the rotation of the Tip again, and again... you get the point.

Wouldn't it be fantastic if we can rotate the Brush Tip 'on the fly' without having to go to the brush palate over and over again, just like we can now change it's size and softness?

Perhaps Left Bracket and Right Bracket would rotate the brush Tip CCW and CW by a 1° (by 10° with Shift) or in increments you set up in Preferences?
Wouldn't that be something?
I am aware of similar function can be achieved using the Pen Tool. This idea however would be available for both, Pen and Mouse and for all Tools using Brush Tip, including Stamp (Clone) Tool.
If this is already possible and I was living in the dark, please enlighten me.

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187 Messages

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2.6K Points

5 years ago

ryze - How does the Palette gear automatically map the brush rotation to the device is it in the drivers ?

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310 Points

All looks to be user-mappable on the fly according to your preferences; can even save multiple profiles so you can use different functions across the adobe suite!

From what I can gather on their website, it's installed as an extension or a plugin, and yes, I'm sure they've created drivers for the specific use of their hardware (which is first of its kind, as far as I know).

Since it's able to do things that aren't mapped to any keyboard shortcuts, they must've written custom scripts and then connected it all together with nice looking GUI at the user end:

TESTED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MdGq...
PALETTE YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/paletteU...

Brush angle + size confirmed as mappable via this video (SO STOKED!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_UVa...

They do say you need to be using Adobe CC for their full functionality, so a good reason to upgrade for anybody that's not using it already.

187 Messages

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I wonder how they got Photoshop to communicate with their hardware, what was their technique. 

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195.8K Points

Looks like they're injecting OS events fairly quickly or adding tablet events.
Currently the only way to directly change the brush angle is via tablet events (acting like a wacom pen with rotation).

187 Messages

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What do you mean OS events, and tablet events ?

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The events that the OS gives to the application for key presses, mouse movement, tablet changes, etc.

187 Messages

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Could this not be done by listening in on the rotation of the brush then communicating with the hardware device ?

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OS Events are how the hardware/drivers communicate changes to applications.

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I understand; are there any methods to which it can be done with scripting identical to the method the company used to get their hardware to communicate with the rotate brush tool in Photoshop ?

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No, OS events have to come from drivers or the OS.

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Ah, I follow ! :)

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Tablet events come from the hardware via drivers as well, correct ?

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yes.

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Is it safe to assume that Tablet events which are written to drivers to communicate with the hardware though the OS, essentially making tablet events, just OS events ?

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194 Points

Christopher, this basically means that wacom could implement the rotation at a driver level or something? Would be awesome to use the touch ring of my intuous 5 to rotate the brush.. It would feel pretty natural doing it like this.
So maybe we are barking at the wrong tree here... Have you tried to suggest this to wacom on their forum?

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Cristian, more or less, yes to answer your question regarding added this at a driver level, or expose something so with a little work the user could have this functionality within Photoshop. 

I have made a suggestion, hope and wait !

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194 Points

Thanks for the clarification Chris. Can you link please the post with your suggestion on the wacom forum? I would like to leave a comment as well to show that someone else wants this feature too.

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390 Points

Yes, please post a link to the Wacom forum post.

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I think someone found the post, but to speed things up for everyone here;
http://forum.wacom.eu/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=29656

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60 Points

Any update on this topic?

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Any update? Having a shortcut for rotating, specially if it's handled like the size/hardness HUD (on the fly, with some extra key modifier while dragging with the mouse) would be awesome. I teach Photoshop and very often people asks me where's the rotation shortcut. It's very disappointing having to tell them that changing rotation manually is the only way to go.
Thanks and please don't forget about this idea.

3 Messages

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84 Points

3 years ago

After 6 years of waiting, That's almost the most ridiculous&simple function requirement of software development history.....  no one can give even a official replay for it, I become a farther with 2 years old little girl, hope they can solve it before I died.  

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212 Points

3 years ago

Currently I'm using a script I made as a shortcut to increment and decrement the brush angle with F1 and F2. I'm planning to create a widget so you can change the angle by dragging from the widget. You can follow can me on twitter @patrickdeen if you're interested.

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256 Points

Awesome!

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140 Points

3 years ago

Anyone know if there's a rotation plug-in at least? I've been looking around and can't find a single one. 

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256 Points

3 years ago

Would love to see this feature added to Photoshop!

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70 Points

3 years ago

Adobe, please add this feature!

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818 Points

3 years ago

I just found this thread - this whole page, actually. I started to read "7 years ago" posts until the last one "7 days ago". This confirms the simple fact about the company that gets money from us on a monthly basis now. It's a monopoly and it doesn't care anymore what users want! Now, Adobe only cares about customers. They distract them with instagram'esque casual features. Because these people are new, unversed and pay more than professional users that rely on that software for more than a decade now! So very poor, Adobe. So very dumb. So very typical for a company that went from innovative tech to canibalist monopoly. A shortcut for rotating the brush... I mean, did you even hear the shot?!

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176 Points

2 years ago

This would be fantastic and save a lot of time. I currently have a bunch of presets of the same brush at different angles and use the next/prev tool keyboard shortcuts to cycle through them but it would be wonderful for a more exact control. Using the dialog in the panel is clunky and slow.

It would also be extremely wonderful if brush angle could be included into the scripting language as an ActionScript. A Brush object with associated properties and methods would be wonderful, too.

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92 Points

2 years ago

Mouse controlled BRUSH ROTATION is a vital for speed. Most PS users work with mouse and not tablets. Hey ADOBE.....please heed to our request and give us a mouse based shortcut for BRUSH ROTATION.

Thanks

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2.3K Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Real-time, hotkey control for Brush Rotation.

Since you can control the brush size by holding alt/control drag with the pen, there should be something equivalent for brush ROTATION as well.

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464 Points

2 years ago

As a workaround, I use a spring-loaded shortcut as it's faster than jumping back and forth to the panel... basically, instead of rotating the brush angle I rotate the canvas.

With the brush (or other tool) selected > press and hold the R key > rotate canvas as needed > let go of R key and you're right back to the brush. To reset view, just press & hold R key then click Reset View on toolbar.

Spring-loaded tools are great for when you need to temporarily switch tools for a quick edit, just press and hold the keyboard shortcut. Release key when done with edit and you jump right back to previous selected tool.

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140 Points

A faster way to reset the view is to simply press the esc key.

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92 Points

Great idea Julie and thanks to Aicel for additional tip.

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184 Points

This works only with the brush, not with the clone and healing tool

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94 Points

2 years ago

Why can't your brush stroke automatically rotate itself as you brush. Unity 3d's brushes do, why can't this? It's a simple feature really...and much needed!

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35K Points

2 years ago

You mean like dynamic brush strokes? But that isn't all that controllable. I thought what the OP wanted was control over when the brush rotated, as he asked for degrees of rotation per key press. I've not used Unity 3D, so don't know how that works. How is it automatic but you control how much the tip rotates?

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184 Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 2019 Possible New Features.

I think the clone stamp and healing brush can have a simple improvement, check the image for the description, what do you think ?

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60 Points

2 years ago

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184 Points

Moving the clone and healing brush is what I really need :)

187 Messages

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The previous version had some issues; there is a newer version although I'm not aware on if all the issues from the previous versions reside.

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184 Points

This looks like works for the brush and eraser. Does it work with the Clone and Healing brush tool ? 

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No.

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292 Points

This does NOT work for me.  All it does is change the brush size.

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This tool is not worth the money; I hope you did not purchase it.  The author needs to fix this program by going back to the drawing board.