Photoshop: Is there any way to change the shortcut Alt+Right Click to the much better Mac verision of Ctrl+Alt

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The pc shortcut to quickly change the brush size and hardness on the pc is very counter-intuitive. Is there any way to change this to ctrl+alt as it is in Mac. This works so much better.

I have looked in Keyboard Shortcuts and it just seems to give they option to change the [ ] and {} shortcuts.
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Elizabeth Sumby

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Howdy Elizabeth,

The keyboard shortcuts to change the brush size and hardness are the same on both Windows and Mac.  They are easily customizable via Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and then selecting Tools and scrolling down.

There is also a Heads Up Display (HUD) method to set all of these (plus color too!).  On Mac, hold down OPT+CMD and click to do this.  On Windows hold down ALT and right-click to do the same.  Add Shift in too and you can set your color.  Hit the Spacebar and you can isolate the color, so you can play with the Hue.

Hope that helps,
Enjoy!
David
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What's worse is the photoshop help manual in the German language says for
Wechseln Sie mit derselben Pinselspitze zwischen Malen und Radieren (Change between painting and erasing with the same brush tip) it says to Halten Sie ~ (Tilde-Taste) gedrückt. (Hold down ~ (tilde key). That would be great except the fact that German Language keyboards don't have a tilde key.

https://helpx.adobe.com/de/photoshop/using/default-keyboard-shortcuts.html





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Like Jeremy described earlier, tying this functionality to the right-click on PC is extremely cumbersome when working with a Wacom tablet, especially if you prefer to set up the buttons on your pen for switching between layers like I was taught. An option to change this keybind should really be added to the Keyboard and Shortcuts Menu. I too would love to have it set to Ctrl-Alt similar to how I use it on Mac. I'm two months into my switch from Mac to PC and I'm already losing my mind trying to make this fit my workflow and I'm coming up short, hence spending an evening googling for solutions. David, it would be great if you could pass this on to the team.
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I agree this needs to be updated as there is no reason this should be locked to a right-click or specific modifier key.  That being said, as a current work around I set one of the express keys on my Wacom to be Alt - Right-Click which allows me to hold down the key and hover the pen to set size and hardness with relative precision and then just release the express key to lock the setting in.  I would rather not be using an express key for this but it at least is better then using a pen button.
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Generally, shortcuts that use right-clicks aren't customizable, nor do they work well with some third-party devices, often due to driver issues on the hardware side.

Tom and Michael, if you could share some user stories about how this change would be valuable to you and other's workflows, I can try and get some eyes on the issue.

Thanks,
David
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Elizabeth, CTRL on a Mac is a right-click; the equivalent to CTRL is CMD on a Mac.

Also, many functions use the CTRL key, it is a (tremendouly useful) shortcut to the Move tool, so you would be breaking other shortcuts along the way...
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