Photoshop: Is there a way to toggle between 2 brush modes?

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Hello! I have been looking for a way to use one hotkey to toggle between normal and clear blend modes for my brushes. This is something I've gotten used to doing in other drawing software and was wondering if it's possible to do in Photoshop as I like to hop between normal and clear quite often when sketching. I thought it would be an easy script, if blending mode = clear change to normal and vice versa, but it seem a brush's mode can't be changed through script, is that correct? I realize I could use 2 hotkeys mapped to the shortcut for normal and clear, but I have precious few left hand hotkeys on my tablet and would love to be able to just toggle to and from clear. Just a little thing ultimately, but something I'd love to be able to do. Thanks for any suggestions!
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I have been using these keyboard shortcuts to set blending modes, but to set this up with tablet hotkeys I would have to use one hotkey for normal Shift + Option + N and one for clear Shift + Option + R. I am wondering if there is a way to set a single hotkey to toggle between the two modes. 
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ok stick with me hear, look into gaming mice and keyboards, they are fully programmable you can have any key changed to a taggle or a scroll throw,  
i have found a lot of the tools that are made for hard core gamers are incredible for retouching.  

(pleas forgive my spelling i'm a bit dyslexic) 
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"tablet" :( my solution is a fail sorry
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there not that hard to get use to, one you program it just flows into your work flow, and if cuts down your per image work time it pays for itself
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Thanks so much for the suggestion! I bet one of those would be amazing. I could probably combine my right hand hotkeys as well so left hand could do everything! Would probably even be decent for taking from work and home so I'd have the same shortcut set up. Definitely something I'd never really considered. :)
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ya this is the one i use when with my laptop, once programed they work without the drivers or software for program it at home get it cleared with IT and take it to work, 
if you do i full keyboard same thing. you plug in go to go,  
there are also fully programmable mice out there but this tool is grate lol i tell everyone gamers make the best toys
http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/product/g13-advanced-gameboard
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Ooooh that does look like a good toy. :) Thank you for the recommendation! If only I had the funds. Current priority is upgrading my home computer unfortunately. But a good option to keep in mind!
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I'd love to know why this won't work for what you're doing—pick your brush and Normal mode, then choose the same exact brush for the Eraser. (Of course, if you want, you can pick a different brush, but I am assuming you're toggling so you work with the same brush.)

Now as you paint and want to erase (clear) and area with the same brush, just press and hold E. When you release E, you get the brush back in Normal mode to paint with. That's a toggle with just one key, anyway. Let me know if that helps, or if not, I'm curious how you're using these modes with a brush that this isn't a workaround.
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The main reason I prefer changing the mode rather than using the eraser is that all of my brush settings stay exactly the same. I can pick the same brush for eraser but I hop between a few brushes and don't want to keep the eraser set to the same one. That and the brush size changes and I like switching to clear to keep using the same size. Super lazy little thing!
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When it comes to painting, it's not being lazy—it's being efficient! <G> I get it now. You're changing size and tip on the fly, and definitely the Eraser can't keep up with that. I could really go for having the Wacom's eraser linked to the brush tip (which would mean the size and opacity and everything else), so I could simply flip my stylus over. For mouse/keyboard users, the spring-loaded E key would do the same. Alas. Even Painter doesn't do that. You'd think in this age of technology, something like that could be done relatively easily, but I'm no programmer.

https://www.contourdesign.com/

If you go to this link, just to have choice, this is for the Shuttle Pro and Shuttle Pro Express (fewer buttons) that Jared Platt uses for his Lightroom editing and retouching. He programmed the buttons to do things he does all the time, and watching him work with it, his fingers knew what he needed, it was very fast and efficient, and it basically replaced most of the what he'd be using a keyboard for.
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Yeah, every moment counts when multiplied by 1000 or so! I've never been a fan of flipping my stylus over to use the eraser, I'd rather push one button. I've used the kind of clear toggle in both Paint Tool Sai and Krita, and like I mentioned I think it would be an easy script if only that part of PS could be scripted. 

Thanks for the link! The Shuttle Pro does look like a very useful product. :) Maybe someday! Gotta prioritize updating my home computer/tablet set up first though unfortunately.