Healing tool with Legacy settings as a brush and not a checkmark

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The way the Healing Tool works now we have to click on the checkmark to change from the (somewhat) new engine to the legacy. Although it's just a click, I find myself clicking it a lot because sometimes the new engine is better, sometimes the old engine is much better. If the new/old engines were alternatives to the same brush (as now are the spot healing or the patch tool) we could change it with a keyboard shortcut instead of having to click on the checkmark every time (or maybe give us a way of adding a keyboard shortcut to the checkmark?)

Thanks!
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Andre Schneider

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Posted 2 months ago

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Keith Anderson

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"new engine"?  What new engine? 


After each update, well, after some updates, I click "What's New" to discover what's new, but all I seem to get is the standard "What's new since version 2019", not "What's new in this update".  Computing folk often use the expression: "Release notes" and these usually explain what the latest release does.  I wonder what goodies are lurking within my current version I'm not aware of. 

 
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The "new" engine was introduced in 2015. When it was introduced a lot of people complained because the new engine wouldn't work as well as the old one for skin, for example. On the 2016 update, if I'm not wrong, Adobe added a checkbox to the healing tool where you can choose to "Use Legacy" which uses the old engine. It would be nice to be able to assign a keyboard shortcut for that engine change so that we can go between one and the other quicker.
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you can already save the Use Legacy as a tool preset...
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I have a lot of occasions where the legacy engine works better, skin is one of them (and something I do a lot). The fact that there is an option to still use the legacy engine is a bit of proof that a lot of people agree that it's still better for a lot of things.

I'd disagree with Keith and wouldn't say I'm a beginner thou (although I don't post here often). I've been working with Photoshop since version 2 in 1992 and have been a photographer and retoucher for the last 20 years.
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Oops.  Sorry.  I didn't intend to offend.  Serves me right for making assumptions. 
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No worries Keith, no offense at all! :-)
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From what i recall, Use Legacy was added back in because many Ps users are afraid of change and don't want to take the time to learn how to use new tools. I see this all the time throughout both this forum and others which i participate and moderate. Not saying you're this way, Andre, but it's quite common amongst users of all software. 
For reproducing legacy behavior, a Diffusion of 1 is a very close approximation.
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There were problems with the way the new algorithm handled transparency (at any diffusion setting) that lasted through several versions. I haven't personally had a need to use Legacy in ages, but dismissing the complainers as Luddites is an oversimplification.