Photoshop: Missing smoothing option for brushes

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Recently updated Photoshop only to loose the smoothing option for the brush tool. Settings button also useless. Anyone know how to get it back?
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Nick

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Nick

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Switched to an older version.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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I'm not seeing any issues with smoothing. Do you have a normal Brush Tool selected? This like history brush and selection brushes don't have smoothing.
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Glenn Davy

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It's greyed out for me using the Hard Round (default) brush. For pencil use, it's active. This is v20.0.6, iMac, Mojave (latest).
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I’m wondering if there is any action being taken on this? As I understand it, the smoothing control that is on the Options Bar should apply to brushes as well (https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/usi... - see “Stroke Smoothing”). Even with the default brushes, as I said, this option is greyed out. I just watched a YouTube video by Aaron Rutten on using that option in CC 2018 (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nUlkxjU...) and it was working fine there. It seems that the last PS update has broken it. Is there something I’m missing here?
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Glenn Davy

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FYI, it is working as advertised for the Pencil and Eraser tools. It is greyed out for the default, Legacy, and all other brushes as far as I can tell, including the Mixer Brush, which seems to be contrary to what the Adobe Help File claims -

"Stroke smoothing
Photoshop performs intelligent smoothing on your brush strokes. Simply enter a value (0-100) for Smoothing in the Options bar when you're working with one of the following tools: Brush, Pencil, Mixer Brush, or Eraser. A value of 0 is the same as legacy smoothing in earlier versions of Photoshop. Higher values apply increasing amounts of intelligent smoothing to your strokes." (Photoshop_Reference.pdf).

I'd appreciate Adobe looking into this and reporting back that the problem is acknowledged, or how my settings might be incorrect thus the reason I'm not seeing the smoothing option available for brushes.

Thanks.
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Glenn Davy

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NICK, ADOBE, et al. 

I found the answer through some digging and experimenting. Nick, et al, when selecting the brush of choice, go into the Brush Settings Panel. Near the bottom is a box marked "Smoothing". It is off by default **I think** (mine was off but I may have turned it off myself). Check that, and then your "Smoothing" option on the Options Bar becomes active and all the additional parameters under the little wheel also become active.

Unfortunately I can't find anywhere in the Adobe documentation that says to go into the Brush Settings Panel and check that Smoothing box. I suppose it's something that those of us who have been using PS for a while should have known, but still a note in the documentation would have saved a lot of time searching for an answer.

Anyway, this turns out to not be a bug and the question should be considered resolved insofar as things go on my end.
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Glenn, that check box should be on by default. Sounds like it got accidentally ticked somehow. Nick, let us know if you're still having trouble or if Glenn's tip helps.
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It probably was Jeffrey. I do remember playing around with some things in there and then forgot about it. I'm not quite sure why there needs to be a "Master Switch" for that function, but as long as we know about it, there shouldn't be any issues.