Photoshop: Link brush size and current brush with eraser for seemless workflow

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Recently Adobe broke how its eraser worked so that when you try to select your current brush as an eraser it snaps back from the eraser to the brush tool. The only way around this is to switch your brush mode to clear...So they added a crappy patch to fix this in the latest upgrade. now you can select the eraser and while holding down alt/ cmd and selecting a brush will make it an eraser. This is a slow clunky and ultimately horrible way for so called industry leading software to work. In fact it's total garbage. professionals have pointed out this gross oversight on the part of adobe when they pulled this crap and they arent listening to artists. Theyre too buy purchasing e commerce platforms and pumping their stock price. How it should work:. In the preference panel there should be two check marks: link brush w eraser & Link brush & eraser size. This way your eraser always defaults to your current brush no matter what its designated use. when you flip your pen to erase the size of your eraser should be the size of your brush. increasing the size of one will also increase the size of the other even if you arent currently using that tool so that when you flip your pen over the size will be the same as the previous brush or eraser. some may not want this hence the separate check box for linking brush and eraser size. No stupid quick key commands no clicking around your screen simple easy and fast.View more on adobe's blunder here:https://youtu.be/WWLVQwuiTSIexplains the whole issue
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Recently Adobe broke how its eraser worked so that when you try to select your current brush as an eraser it snaps back from the eraser to the brush tool. 
What are you talking about? Are you selecting a Brush in the Brushes Panel that was created with »Include Tool settings« checked? 
Please post screenshots including the pertinent Panels (the Brushes Panel set to »Show Additional Preset Info«). 

And no, the video does not seem to help illustrate your point. 
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I cannot reproduce what your claim seems to indicate; selecting a Brush in the Brushes Panel with the Brush Tool and the Eraser Tool work fine, also I can select the modified setting used with the Brush Tool for the Eraser Tool from the recent items. 

If the problem should be included Tool Settings then you would seem to be mistaken in blaming Adobe for what the person who has created the Brush has done. 
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Well someone else replied to my prior post with the same exact issue .https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/-cant-make-eraser-from-last-brush-used-why-ca... My video illustrates the point perfectly.  (and it's not MY video..it's someone else who is highly experienced in that video with much more patience then myself.)
And here is the thread that started it all: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2397752
Many other accounts of how this broke eraser tool has screwed up everyones workflow.
My suggestion stands..clicking through recent items is slow and cumbersome.  We should be able to link our eraser and brush.  No one was complaining before they decided to change the way the eraser tool worked, but now that they've rendered the eraser effectively useless they might as well give some real features after this.  If you're having trouble understanding what I'm saying  it's because you're not using the eraser like an artist would in their work flow.
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Are you selecting a Brush in the Brushes Panel that was created with »Include Tool settings« checked?
It makes no difference what tool settings are on a brush. Whatever settings a brush has I should still be able to make it an eraser by selecting it with the eraser tool selected.  just the way photoshop always used to work.
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It makes no difference what tool settings are on a brush. Whatever settings a brush has I should still be able to make it an eraser by selecting it with the eraser tool selected.  
No, you are apparently mistaken. 
»Include Tool Settings« was specifically introduced to allow linking a Brush in the Brushes Panel to a Tool. Selecting a Brush with that was created with that setting is intended to select the corresponding Tool. 
And the keyboard shortcut to override the settings is known. 

Please post the requested screenshot. 
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 just the way photoshop always used to work. 
»Include Tool Settings« was introduced in Photoshop CC 2018, so it’s not news. 

That you want to have the opportunity to disable that setting completely is a legitimate Feature Request (and you don’t seem to be alone with that wish by far) but please don’t pretend that the absence of this is some imposition caused by negligence of the Photoshop team. 
No one is forced to create Brushes with that setting or use Brushes created with that setting. 

We should be able to link our eraser and brush.  No one was complaining before they decided to change the way the eraser tool worked, 
That you wish for the Brush Tool and Eraser Tool to be linked is a legitimate Feature Request (although I doubt that there will be much support, but I might be wrong on this).
But how was the Eraser Tool’s functionality changed and in which version? 
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"Include Tool Settings". Ok this is the problem you guys introduce inexplicable features; they disrupt tool functionality as we understand it and it disrupts everyones work flow....https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2413098
what is this" include too settings feature "and how is it beneficial in any way shape or form? Aside from creating brushes that i cant use with the eraser or any other tools, what is the benefit ? Im going to search later and see if i can find justification for this feature. You don't think anyone would like my feature suggestion lol ?A: You're wrong B:My feature couldn't possibly be received as poorly as the one we are discussing and C: Thats why it should be made into two check marks in the main preferences panel . Easily disabled one time so we arent asking users questions again and again and again. One for linking the two brush &eraser and one for linking the size of the brush and eraser . And if both unchecked its totally disabled!
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• I am not an Adobe employee but another Photoshop user  
• The »Include Tool Settings«-feature can make perfect sense for some Photoshop users and the advantages for a painterly workflow might have been obvious even to you (not needing to select a tool, then a brush, but selecting the brush and the tool and even the color with one click in the Brushes Panel)
• you should not assume you speak for »everyone« 


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Yeah that is the issue. Thank You! I was wondering why the eraser would sometimes accept a brush and then sometimes snap back to the brush tool depending on which brush I picked.  Is this feature worth the frustration? Not a chance.  I would never need this. I was saving new brushes with this option checked not realizing the damage it was doing to my work flow.  Giving me all these brushes that now couldn't be used as an eraser.   I don's see the benefit of having a brush set to a single color unless it was my "inking Brush" always set to black. Outside of this I would not see a use for it.   I mostly use the eyedropper to blend color that are always changing in a painting.  Again..if I'm on a brush with certain textures and settings I need those same effects to be able to erase effectively.  There's no benefit that I can see to creating a brush that is not interchangeable with other tools.  There will always come where I'll need to switch out and that's where my idea shines.  Because if they implement my idea then they can still keep this feature. (which they probably weren't planning on geting rid of anyway.)
For the time being since I Can't link my current brush and have it be my current eraser by default I'll I've to use the "Clear" Brush Mode to make that happen.  Thanks!
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I was saving new brushes with this option checked not realizing the damage it was doing to my work flow.  
You seem to miss the point quite spectacularly. 
If I remember correctly the feature was mentioned in the »What’s New« and the tutorials when it was introduced.  
But I agree that it was not a good decision to have the checkbox checked by default after the upgrade. 
Similar to the dark color themes – which I think a lot of users just kept after one of them was made the default one even though they are flat wrong for Photoshop users who primarily do print-work. 

 I don's see the benefit of having a brush set to a single color unless it was my "inking Brush" always set to black. 
That is one case already, and with several brush widths that might be a couple brushes. 
Others might use it not only for pencilling or simulating different charcoals, ochres and chalks but also for mark-up – a red brush for certain things, a green one for others etc. 

if I'm on a brush with certain textures and settings I need those same effects to be able to erase effectively. 
I for one usually want the eraser to be bigger than the Brush (or other painterly Tools) to be able to »get« stokes or dabs completely. 
And when painting in Layer Masks it’s just a matter of hitting X usually. 

There's no benefit that I can see to creating a brush that is not interchangeable with other tools.  
One can use them with other Tools by selecting them with the shortcut, as I think you mentioned in the original post.
To be able to see which Brushes are affected make sure to check »Show Additional Preset Info« in the Brushes Panel’s flyout menu, then the icon should indicate that (see screenshot). 

Alternatively one can re-save them individually with the feature unchecked or, if one still has some pre-CC 2018 version installed, one can change them in bulk by 
• saving an abr-file
• loading it in CC 2017 (for example)
• saving the abr-file anew
• loading that new (»legacy«) abr-file in CC 2019.