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Wed, May 2, 2018 10:50 PM

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Photoshop: Tool Presets to Brush Presets update - Saved Brushes Won't Retain Scattering Preset

It used to be until recently that you could only save a brush as a tool preset. This worked perfectly, as it saved all the characteristics and settings that you selected in the Brush Settings options panel.

Recently an update recommended using the new brush presets system instead, claiming it was the same as tool presets but with more options. This has been true, except that there is a really annoying problem now.

When I use a brush with Scattering enabled, the next brush I use will have it enabled as well, even if it's a preset brush that was saved with Scattering disabled. The opposite is true; when I select a brush that was saved with Scattering enabled, it will be disabled if the last used brush had it disabled.

I paint development site plans in Psd for a living so I use multiple saved brushes every day, and it is frustrating to constantly find the Scatter setting enabled or disabled, causing the brushes to jump around randomly when you don't expect it, or not scatter at all when you need it to.

Adobe please fix this,
On behalf of designers everywhere.

Thanks so much

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3 years ago

Hi Clark. This sounds like a symptom of having the "Lock" enabled for the Scattering setting.

Please check if it is locked and click it to unlock if so, then let us know if that solves the problem. The locks, when active, basically say "don't change these settings when applying a Tool Preset or Brush Preset".

If that didn't do the trick, then let me know if you're observing the same behavior with Tool Presets.

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3 years ago

Could you tell us more about your system? What version of PS, what OS? Have you deleted Preferences since the update? They seem to be more fragile after a major version update.

I'm on a Mac, High Sierra and El Capitan, and I use dynamic brushes all the time.  Many are converted from tool presets I had, and I've created a few since. I'm not seeing this at all. If Scattering was off in the saved version, it stays off. Nothing that follows that has Scattering saved is affected, and vice versa. So there must be something going on with your setup that isn't the same as mine.

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3 years ago

Glad to know its not a mistake, not so happy to hear I'm special. :)

I'm running CC 2018 on macOS Sierra 10.12.6 on a 2010 Mac Pro.

I don't recall deleting Preferences at any point. 

Is the only thing I would lose is my work space setup? If so, I can recreate it again if deleting preferences would fix the problem.

I have only customized my work space pallets, and created a lot of brushes, which I have saved.

Thanks for your help.

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3 years ago

> Is the only thing I would lose is my work space setup? If so, I can recreate it again if deleting preferences would fix the problem.>

You would lose any presets you've created that you haven't saved directly to disk. Those are saved in Preferences, along with PS's memory of what presets you have loaded. What you can do if you don't mind being a bit hands-on, is going to User Library> App Support> Preferences> Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 Settings, and putting "old" or (tilde) in front of that folder. That way if this doesn't do any good, you can put the old preferences back.

But you still should be sure to save all your Presets to disk that you have been depending upon PS to remember exist.

I'm running both El Capitan and High Sierra, but I skipped over Sierra, so unless it's that one OS, it shouldn't be the OS itself that's a problem.  Good luck. Let us know how it turns out. Adobe staff can probably come up with a lot of other things to troubleshoot if it doesn't do the trick for you.

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3 years ago

Yes it was locked. This was the problem!

I work on a large hi-def monitor and I guess the little lock icon was too small and far away for me to notice it's status. Also, thanks for explaining it's purpose.

Thank you Tai and Cristen for your speedy replies. I appreciate you helping an individual like me when there are so many Adobe users out there. Cheers!!