Photoshop: Brushes unexpectedly in Precision Mode (CAPS LOCK on)

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Brushes go into precision mode after i leave PS to Lightroom. I have to restart computer to get back circle brushes. I go to preferences to change it back but that doesn't work.  I suspect it has something to do with my Wacom tablet. Anyone have a answer for this.
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Ken Rounds

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I have that problem occasionally too. Like you, the only thing that fixes it is restarting the computer.
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Stephen Almeida

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Hello Ken, Check to see if your cap-locks are on next time it happens. That was my problem. I use cap-lock in Lightroom to automatically advance an image when I assign a color to it. So when I bring an image to PS, the cap-locks are on. A short cut from normal to precision mode in brushes.never knew that one. Props to Cristen Gillespie for giving me the answer!
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THANKS!! new one for me too & was going crazy. xoxo :) 
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Stephen Almeida

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I'm having it all  the time now!!
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Cristen Gillespie

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Brushes in PS switch to precision mode, as if you've left caps lock on, when you go into LR, then back to PS? Or are you talking about in Lightroom with localized adjustments?  Wacom does do strange things, but I've not heard restarting helped—more likely a new or reinstalled driver fixed what ails it, though my tablet is now a bit too old for them to update, it seems. So I'm thinking it's something, possibly with Prefs, in one of these apps. Have you tried simply deleting them and starting fresh, painful as that is?
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Hello Cristen, Do you mean delete the brush pallet?
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You gave me the answer!!! I have the cap lock on when I go from lightroom to Photoshop. I use it to advance the images automatically when I assign a color to the image.. So when I switch to lightroom the cap locks are on. That's it!!
I didn't know that it was a shortcut to precision and back. Thanks so much Cristen! 
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You're welcome. The caps lock key to turn our tools into precise cursors is one of the many little features people tend to miss. I'm glad it turned out to be so easy to resolve, says I who spent almost an hour today figuring out why I was getting weird things in InDesign, and having to completely remove all prefs and start from scratch. It wasn't fun.  '-}
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Stephen Almeida

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Sorry to hear that. You seem to know your way around the Adobe forest. I hope your listening next time I have a problem!
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Thanks, Stephen & Cristen!! I can see why now that restarting the computer fixed the problem. Now I know why Lr sometimes advances to the next picture automatically too. I have also learned other helpful keyboard shortcuts on this forum, such as using the Shift or Alt keys when adjusting exposure, etc. Thanks!!
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Lightroom's shortcuts are still nearly a complete mystery to me. If I'd known that there was a big potential conflict due to a very common shortcut in LR, I'd have thought of it right away.

I tried LR out in the first public betas, but was never interested until LR Mobile came along. Then I started watching some videos on using it, but still have only so barely come to terms with it. My old camera couldn't tether, either. Just recently I decided to buy a tether and used it with LR. I think I'm in love. Not with LR proper, and one of many reasons is the lack of custom kbsc, or even a Photoshop set for PS users. But between LR Mobile, now LR TV for reviewing, and tethered shooting, I think I'm stuck trying to make friends with LR for some time to come.<G>

And you're right, Stephen. Adobe software is an almost impenetrable forest from Middle Earth, with the occasional open patches of sunlit meadow. LOL

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