Photoshop: Option to remove Anti-Aliasing from Brush Engine

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Dear Photoshop team,

I'm writing this to share an idea for your program. I have had the opportunity of working with your program for the past 14 years. During the past 3, I've worked as a full-time illustrator. I have noticed there is a lack of an option in your program that could be very useful to artists. And so, would like to share this idea: the option to turn off brush edge anti-aliasing in brush settings.

The Pencil tool is not enough - since it eliminates many important settings from the brush options. The Pencil tool does not have the same options as the brush tool.

In this link is a visual explanation of the idea, why it would be useful to artists (it would provide crisper, sharper brush mark edges), and a mockup of what this anti-aliasing button could look like:
https://sta.sh/0u2j8aq43f

Below is an unfinished dragon sketch made with Photoshop. I'm not sure if showing this artwork will give more weight to the idea. But at least it is worth trying.
https://sta.sh/09uy16b4utt

Below are some finished art pieces.
https://sta.sh/0123s4m9p5lc

Also below is the exact brush used to paint the dragon and cat eye examples. If for some reason the brush may be important.
https://sta.sh/01brr6a336bf

Thank you immensely for considering this idea,

Sincerely,
Sarahí Remolina
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Mark Payne

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I will second this request as someone that works in textiles under a controlled number of colors.

Ideally, a mode like indexed color, but with the ability to still use layers.

So all tools, including scale/rotate tools retain their index mode.
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Sarahí Remolina

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Thank you for the support! 

Although, I wonder if indexed color mode might be slightly different than brush edge aliasing though? It looks like index color mode controls the number of colors. Whereas anti-aliasing refers to only the pixelation on brush stroke edges. 

In my case, for example, I wish the brush tool could have an option to turn off anti-aliasing for its edges, (so the brush could have pixelated edges) while maintaining the same number of colors, and subtle opacity change. Kind of like Paintstorm has. They have an option to turn off brush edge anti-aliasing without affecting any other brush setting.

Maybe there could be a feature request for indexed color to vote for, not sure if this would be the right one. :( Maybe I didn't write it clear enough, sorry for the confusion
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Mark Payne

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You are correct, anti-aliasing does add shades (colors) around the edges to 'soften' the edges (to reduce the appearance of pixelation)

But now I understand (I think) that you do want to maintain the color effects/dynamics of the brush tool, but retain just the edge of the brush.

In other words, in brush hardness slider, you want it to be harder than the minimum it can do now, while retaining everything else.

Yes, this would be different than indexed layer idea, but a good idea nonetheless! I've actually wanted this but never knew how to say it.
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Yes, exactly!! 
Oh wow! Yay, I'm not alone in thinking of this crazy idea :)
Thank you again!
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Just thought to mention that Paintstorm Studio, Clip Studio Paint, even free programs like Krita, have this option to remove anti-aliasing without affecting anything else in the brush engine - unlike Photoshop, where using the Pencil tool changes the brush settings/behavior of flow, texture, depth, etc. It would be game-changing if this option could be included in Photoshop.
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OH MY GOD. THANK YOU!!!!!
Thank you for sharing this!

How did he do this... These brushes are amazing, and editable.
Farewell fuzzy edges!

This means a lot.. thank you for the links too. It's incredible to see how aliasing is important to printing graphic work... wow. Good to know I'm not crazy for being so nitpicky!
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Darn it. 
I noticed there's a problem. Even though there seems to be aliasing, something is off in the subtlety of the opacity transition. It's not the same as before. Is this because of lack of anti-aliasing, or something else that was done to the brush?
It'd be interesting to see what is causing this..

Maybe removing anti-aliasing only, will not lead to this problem/ not affect the opacity and texture height transition... or maybe it will.. 
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Hi Sarahi,

I wish I could provide more answers/details/etc about the brush engine and these brushes in Photoshop, but unfortunately I don't have much personal experience with digital painting/illustration. 

I'm not sure if Kyle Webster has an account on this forum, but here's his Twitter handle: http://twitter.com/kyletwebster/ Might be worth a shot sending him a question. :) 
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Thanks so much Cameron,
Sounds like a good idea! Will try and see if it's possible to contact him with the idea.