Photoshop: Brush tool becomes eye dropper with Wacom stylus, not mouse

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just updated photoshop to v20 and discovered that i can not use the brush tool with my wacom stylus CTH-490.

The brush tool is selected and works fine with my mouse but when i use the wacom stylus, it becomes an eyedropper, even though the brush tool is still selected (See attached image)

As far as I can tell, the other tools work properly. But i can not use the brush tool with my stylus. It was working 100% fine before the latest update. 

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huy doan

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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What OS? That looks like the Alt/Opt key thinks it is down.
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Wendy Testaburger

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Same situation here. Tried installing a couple of older versions but still won't fix the problem. Has anyone figured this out yet? Please help!  
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I'm having the exact same problem - using Wacom pen with Photoshop CC 20.0.5, brush tool will suddenly "morph" into eyedropper tool on an intermittent and seemingly random basis (almost always happens when I initially pick up the pen to begin working).  I'm on a Mac running Mojave 10.14.5 and the latest Wacom driver 6.3.35-2.  Mouse works normally with brush.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled the Wacom driver several times to no avail.  Any update on possible solutions as of July 2019?
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Rebecca Pike

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ugh me too.  I have to restart my computer every time it happens to fix it.
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Carol Meyhoefer

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Just started happening to me. Happened before installing the PS update so I quit PS and downloaded update. Not working. Anybody??
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Charlotte van Oorschot

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I have the same problem!! Please help!