Photoshop CC 2015: Tool shortcuts resetting to default tool (E.g. L = selects freehand lasso instead of last used magnetic)

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I'm not sure how to explain this articulately, but bear with me:

I always have my (L) tool set to polygonal lasso, always my (C) tool set to slice selector. I press L or C, or whatever tool shortcut, and I get my last-used tool out of that variety (e.g. C = 1. Crop Tool, 2. Perspective crop tool, 3. Slice tool, 4. Slice select tool)

Since the last update, whenever I'm using a different tool and then press L/C on my keyboard, it will select the default (first in the line of) tool, instead of the one I was last using, so L selects the freehand lasso, or C selects the crop tool, meaning I have to manually select/shift+L to get back around to the tool I wanted.

Has the latest update removed the 'last-used' functionality? Is there any way to get around this?

Thanks.
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Same here. I use "A" and "G" a lot for the vector anchor selector tool and solid fill tool, and it keeps defaulting me to the black vector shape selector tool and the gradient fill tool which has been super frustrating.
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eartho

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i've been noticing this as well... and sometimes simply switching from one open doc to another will change tools too.
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Matthew Cooper

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This is also happening to me, which is extremely frustrating, I'm glad i'm not the only one....
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Jaroslav Bereza

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Since 2015.1 photoshop has new toolbar feature: http://petapixel.com/2015/12/01/adobe...
Maybe it is related.
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ok, looks like customizing the toolbar order fixes the issue. at least it fixed it after one closing and reopening of photoshop.
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Josh Katz

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same here with the magic wand(w) and the healing brush (j)
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Piotr Tomasz Słota

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I have the same frustrating issue. I understood adding customization for toolbar, but why it cost changing deafault functionality as it was for ages leaving last selected tool after PS restart?

But have more radical solution. I returned to CC2014 not also by this "feature" but a lot of other frustrating changes in UI for no reason. Giving new functions as a additional to apply by user is good, but changing thinks that worked for ages is the wrong way Adobe...
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP CC 2015.1 - Reseting tool via keyboard Shortcut..

This bug is very iritating becouse since CC2015 all works normal in all previous versions of PS

For example. I use in Photoshop Magic Wand, then I close PS. So far normal. But when I open again PS i have Magic Wand on tools panel, but when i press keyboard shortcut (W) to use Magic Wand it reset to Quick Selection. And this bug take place on all tools in panelk tools. As far I have opened PS its normal taking tool via shortcut, but when close PS and open it again taking tool via shortcut reset it to first tool on list.
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This is actively slowing down my workflow. I need Healing tool on the 2nd option (healing brush, not spot healing) most of the time. After using other tools, L takes me to Spot Healing. I have to break my flow, check the tool, shift-L to get the one I need. Every. Time. Please fix urgently.
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There is some simmilar bug solved in 2015.1.2 http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/2016/01/photoshop-cc-2015-1-2-update-now-available.html Which version do you have? Did you try rearange tools positions in custom toolbar settings as workaround?
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Similar, but not the same, bug - the one I'm describing is triggered not by closing and reopening photoshop, but just by selecting different tools after each other. So say I've used the marquee tool, then the sharpening tool, when I press J instead of getting the Healing tool I want, the tool resets as I press J and I'm left with the Spot Healing tool. I then have to press another Shift-J to cycle the tool to the one it had previously been left on. This might sound like a minor glitch, but I pay handsomely for this software, and it shouldn't have any glitches. And at the speed I edit, it does make a difference.
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I've tried the workaround, but that doesn't help. Thank for for the suggestion though.
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Josh Katz said: ok, looks like customizing the toolbar order fixes the issue. at least it fixed it after one closing and reopening of photoshop.

Another workaround is assign one letter to one tool. I didn't noticed this bug in my Photoshop. I am not sure what could be reason.

Maybe reseting everything in Photoshop could solve this? If you are holding alt+ctrl+shift during the start Phothop you will see dialog for reset settings. (make backup before, because every settings and presets will be lost)
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Sorry. We thought this was fixed by another change to retaining the state of the toolbar between launches with the start screen. We have a bug logged for this variation with KBSC and sub-tools.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Healing Brush reverts to spot healing tool.

Just discovered this last night. Latest Photoshop CC, fully updated OS X, Intuos 3 tablet.

If I have the Healing Brush selected and use another feature, switching back reverts to the Spot Healing Brush. I have the pen buttons on my Wacom mapped to J and S and Shift key is required to change tools. Usually I go back to Healing with the pen button, not keyboard.

I've seen this using Frequency Separation, as an example. Have Healing Brush selected, switch to Lasso and select an area, apply the Median filter, deselect, then press the pen button and I'm switched to Spot Healing Brush. Expected to go to Healing Brush.

Please test this and let me know if its a known issue. I can test it on Windows 7/PS CC at work if needed.
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This is an issue for me as of 2015.5, but had not been an issue prior. Really hoping for a fix on this soon
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Howdy Walt,

We have a fix for this -- expect to see it soon.

Thanks,
David
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It seems to be fixed in my 2015.5. Why inconsistent experiences for different users?
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You should be seeing the same thing as Walt in 2015.5.  

There are actually four different bugs that crept in here, all of which should be fixed soon.  So, whether it's your default tool, your last used tool, or if you quit the app and come back, the behavior will be consistent.

Thanks,
David
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Is this also responsible for Direct Select Tool NOT remembering 'Constrain Path Dragging', or is that yet another of the myriad examples of Abobe "CC" era of excellence?

Seriously guys, come on with this kind of sh*t already, your driving everyone mad.
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There are actually four different bugs that crept in here, all of which should be fixed soon. 
It is appreciated that you give such frank feedback. 
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admin, please block this dude
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Wow, kudos on moustache sculpting though. As Mr. Johnny Lee once said, "I was lookin' for love in all the wrong places..."
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There are actually four different bugs that crept in here, all of which should be fixed soon.  So, whether it's your default tool, your last used tool, or if you quit the app and come back, the behavior will be consistent.
OK, I guess I'll ask you again, are any of these also responsible for Direct Select Tool NOT remembering Constrain Path Dragging?
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I can't say definitively, but not very likely.  I didn't comment earlier because I'm unfamiliar with the bug you're talking about.  Have you posted the bug (including the steps and your system details) in a thread?  This would NOT be the right place for it...

Thanks,
David
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I haven't but will. Wanted to see if it would be included in this thread's issues, it is after all about a tool's setting 'resetting' itself.

Thanks for getting on it though.

PS - where's Cox been?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Heal tool always defaults to spot heal when photoshop is reopened..

This is a very frustrating bug(?) I use the heal tool a lot, I almost never use spot-heal. After working in heal with photoshop, closing the application and reopening it forces the tool back to spot heal. This means tapping the 'J' shortcut selects the wrong tool. Would it not be better to have the tool stay on the last mode that was selected by the user rather than default back every time like it used to do?
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Official Response
Please install the CC 2015.5.1 update that was released tonight to correct this issue: http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/2016/08/photoshop-cc-2015-5-1-update-now-available.html
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Thanks but I have to say that it was way too long dealing with this aggravation. Ridiculous and seemingly easy to fix. 
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This bug seems to be back in the new 2017.1 release
I never experienced it in 2015, but in 2017.1, every time I restart photoshop, the lasso tool reverts to freehand instead of polygon, and the healing brush reverts to spot healing. 
Not the worst bug ever, but a little annoying when you're expecting one tool and get another. 
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Hi Alexander,

We're aware of the problem and working on a solution.  Based on our testing, the reset seems to happen after you choose the Move tool (V), so if you avoid that, you should also avoid the bug.  Not ideal, but perhaps helpful until we can get the fix to you.

Thanks,
David
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how can something so common get through beta testing?
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Hey David, not sure if this is related, but the Constrain Path Dragging option is still toggling off after the Preferences window has been OK'd.

Steps to repro:
-select the Path Selection Tool
-activate Constrain Path Dragging
-go Pref/General, click OK

result: Constrain Path becomes de-activated.
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different bug than original

Please reference the new conversation here: Constrain Path Dragging unselecting itself
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Howdy Eartho,

That's a separate issue and I'm going to log a bug for it now.

Thanks,
David