Photoshop: Is there a way to swap back and forth from tools?

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i'm new to Photoshop cc and i'm coming from sketchbook pro. it's so much simpler with sketchbook pro, but i need to learn adobe Pscc if i want to get more serious. Is there a way to swap back and forth with 2 tools from a shortcut? In Preferences it says that i can use shift key for tool switch, but that doesn't seem to work when i press it.
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That's easy - a  key is assigned to each tool - look when you click on a tool, and you will see the key. For example, v goes to the move tool. It's trickier if you want to move among tools that are in the same group, but if all you want to do is go from group to group, these key codes will do it for you.
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> Is there a way to swap back and forth with 2 tools from a shortcut?>

I could be miles off, but it's possible you'd like to use spring-loaded tools. With many tools, you can simply hold down the key for that tool (don't release the mouse), use the tool, then release the key and the tool you were using is active again. I use this all the time for the Rotate tool when I'm using the Brush Tool.

Adding on to the instructions in Jeffrey's post for kbsc, for separate tools, I press b (for brush), then e (for eraser), and b again for brush, or use them spring-loaded as described above. If I need to switch between tools that use the same slot (Spot Healing Brush and Healing Brush), my preferences are set to not use the Shift key. But in this case, you always have to cycle through all the tools in that slot. That may be what is throwing you off. You think Shift+key should swap between two tools, and it doesn't work that way.