Photoshop: How do you define hardness for a custom brush?

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How do you define hardness for a custom brush? The hardness window is greyed out.

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Chris Cox

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You can't change the hardness of a custom brush - that is why the control is disabled. You defined the "hardness" with the image used when you created the brush.
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A possible workaround depending on the specifics of your requirement is to add a transparent layer on top of your background layer. Apply the custom brush on the transparent layer and apply a gaussian blur of whatever strength you wish to control the softness. Flatten image when satisfied.
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The cause for the Hardness to be grayed out is that the image mode used is not Grayscale when creating the brush.

I know that this is really old, but I thought that if anyone else searched it would be nice to have the correct answer.
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I changed mine to Grayscale and resaved my brush and the hardness is still grayed out.  ?