Photoshop CC: Losing Kyle Brushes

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Hi,
When I updated my PhotoshopCC last year I installed a lot of the new Kyle Brushes. They have been working fine until recently however, possibly after the latest update, I have noticed that a lot are becoming just black solid lines with a very pronounced dissolved edge, more and more brushes are becoming like this. I have tried deleting and reinstalling the brushes, restarting Photoshop but the brushes are still the same. I really only change the shape dynamics on brushes and up until now I have not had a problem.
Has anyone else started to have this problem, am I doing something wrong. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. The brushes in the photo should be Manga.
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Todd Shaner, Champion

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It looks like you've lost your tablet pressure sensitivity. See if this helps:

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2398372
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I was just trying to figure out what setting could do that, but trying Manga brushes with a mouse does seem to have this problem. I'm not getting a completely solid black most of the time, but it's definitely pretty solid with a hint of Dissolve.
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Hi Todd, thanks for your response. I’ve updated/recalibrated my Wacom driver so it’s not that, also happens with a mouse. Do you think uninstalling Photoshop then reinstalling might help. I was using a brush the other day and Photoshop suddenly crashed on me, something that has never happened before..
it’s like I have “lost” something but I cannot figure out what.
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It's possible when PS crashed that the Preferences file was corrupted. Try resetting it as shown below.

Close PS and then hold down the Command, Option, Shift keys for Mac or Alt, Ctrl, Shift keys for Windows systems and relaunch PS. A new Preferences file with the default settings will be created.

OR

A better solution is to manually remove the Preferences file from the below folder location, copy it to your desktop, and then relaunch PS. This will allow removing the new Preferences file and restoring the original file with your personal settings if the issue remains:

Windows
C:\Users\NAME\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2018\Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 Settings\Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 Prefs.psp

Mac
/Users/[Username]/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS6 Settings/Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 Prefs.psp

On MacOS 10.7 and later the Library folder may be hidden. To make it visible follow the instructions at the below link:

https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/access-hidden-user-library-files.html
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I have reset my Preferences using the manual method. It made no difference, however the old folder is on still on my desk top so perhaps I need to completely eradicate it from my computer.  
I am finding it really frustrating. 
Unfortunately, it seems the majority of my brushes are just becoming one black mass. Perhaps I should go back to a previous OS system if I can?
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Open the Wacom Tablet Properties applet and test the pressure sensitivity while watching the 'Current Pressure' monitor. What OS version are you using?

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I was just trying to figure out what setting could do that, but trying Manga brushes with a mouse does seem to have this problem. I'm not getting a completely solid black most of the time, but it's definitely pretty solid with a hint of Dissolve.
I'm seeing the same rendering with the mouse, but not with the Wacom tablet pen. Using the pen the size increases with pressure and at some point it starts to goes to solid black. I wonder if this may be due to brush 'Smoothing' added in PS 2018? I have it set to 0. This is with Kyle's Manga - Fill Blox brush. The top shows pen brushing with pressure increased, but not to maximum. The middle is with pen brushing pressure pushed to maximum (i.e. becomes all black). The bottom shows brushing using the mouse, which is similar to the pen with maximum pressure.

Maybe somebody who has PS CC 2017 or earlier installed can test it.

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Hi Sarah,

Is Texture unchecked in the Brush Settings?  What do your settings look like for Manga - Fill Box?  I can reproduce what you're seeing if I uncheck Texture in my Brush Settings.

Chad