Photoshop: Improvement to increase productivity using the Liquify filter brush size

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I've been working on photoshop for a few years (windows 7/10), currently on a 32" monitor. I use many shortcuts, especially the ['] and [¡] keys to increase/decrease the size of the brush, in addition to the right mouse button to access the pop-up window that allows controlling various aspects of the brush. All this allows me to gain time and productivity when retouching images. But when I access the LIQUIFY filter window, these shortcuts don't work, nor can I access any pop-up window with the right button. I only have the option to change the parameters of the brush (including the size) with the menus on the right. I know that I am not the first user that requests this "improvement", nor will I be the last one. Please take note and add these shortcuts and pop-up menus in the LIQUIFY filter.  Thank you for your attention.
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Not sure which preference it is, maybe keyboard shortcuts, but my brush size shortcuts are the brackets [ ].

They work both in drawing and in Liquify.

It is keyboard shortcuts/Tools/Brush Size. Confirmed working in Windows, latest version Photoshop.
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I can confirm here that ;' do not work in Liquify, but changing to brackets works.

Must be some conflict with Liquify and ;'.
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Hello, thanks for your quick response.

I currently work on windows 10, home edition, with the configuration in Spanish (keyboard included). I believe that I have installed the latest version of photoshop, 20.0.4

By default, the keys that have photoshop assigned to increase/decrease the size of the brush, in drawing mode, are ' and ¡ (I repeat: spanish keyboard). 

I have tried to change those shortcuts, in the "shortcut configuration" menu, and I have tried several combinations of keys, for example, the last test using the "M" and "N" keys. And I always get the same result, everything works correctly, except when I access the window to manage the LIQUIFY filter.  In that window of LIQUIFY mode, the tools shortcuts of that mode (Warp tool  "W",  Bloat tool "B",  Shift Pixels tool "S",...) work, but the shortcuts related to the brush don't work, especially the shortcuts of increase / decrease of the size of the brush.
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Out of curiosity, Can you try using the brackets? [ & ] and see if those particular ones work?
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No, the brackets don't work, ...  These keys don't have that function activated, but I think it's because of my Spanish keyboard. The keys that are assigned by default in my photoshop, to change the size of the brush are, the keys  '  and  ¡, located just to the right of the zero key and to the left of the delete key.
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Yeah I took a look at the Spanish Keyboard layout and it does look like the brackets need a modifier, which not only is annoying, but apparently doesn't work.

Definitely something they may want to look into. I understand the need to retain the same shortcuts when working in different dialogues/filters/etc.

Incidentally, the modified shortcut that I tested did not work in Liquify, but it did work in Select and Mask, so I also see some inconsistency.
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Interesting reading here. I have been coming to this forum because of my issues, some have been resolved but to be honest I can't remember. I really didn't know about the shortcuts to increase or decrease the size of the brush/tool, I just used the [alt] and pressing the right mouse key and sliding the mouse one way or the other the size would change. Adobe is cool that way in giving us users more than one way to skin the cat. 

With that said (okay written) I 'think' Adobe is trying to bite off more than it can chew. Since I upgraded PS it has not worked right, not the way I think it should, it is 'broken'. Not to be funny, but when something is figured out, or a work around, something else pops up.

Take this new one for me and maybe I have fat fingered something, someone please tell me it is me and not the product. Okay, take a brush any brush, before I could see the outline of the brush, no matter the shape and when it size increased or decreased I could see it outlined.  Now, that nice feature has vanished and all I see is an icon of the tool, the brush with crosshairs. That may be okay to line things up, but not really and I want my outline back. 

Please someone tell me I clicked something off! 

Good Luck!






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Kit, 

No, you're fine.

Go to preferences/cursors and the options to change the cursors are there.

+ whenever you update Photoshop, be sure to carry over your preferences to the new version.
The option is there when you are prompted to update.
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I can only click like once, Mr. Payne, thank you. I am really glad you found me and I promise I will not be a bother, but something happened about seven months ago when I went to a new version of Photoshop, I'm up to date today. The very short story is features were missing or not working. I still have an issue with preferences changing when I log out of the application or power down, but not all the time. My [copy] [paste] doesn't work; the paste is from the previous copy unless I [purge] the [clipboard]. Just now, since I wrote my last post the 'color pallet disappeared

It is things like that. . . I don't go in to preferences and change them from what I had and as I wrote I upgraded last year and spoke with technical support twice (they reinstalled PS once), along with having the laptop checked out (okay) and upgrading some memory. . . I'm frustrated and your advice makes me feel real good. It is early here in CA, but I'm ready for the weekend. 


Thank you again and Good Luck!  
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I understand your frustrations. Perhaps it's a corrupt preferences file somewhere, but tech support would probably have ruled that out.

Rather than reinstall over the existing version, I would delete the entire CC to zero and install it fresh - if they didn't do that already.

Good luck, it will all work out.