Photoshop: Please stop opacity and flow hotkeys switch with airbrush enabled

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Opacity and Flow hotkeys switch *for no apparent reason* with the 'airbrush mode' enabled for a brush. So, instead of Shift-[num] controlling Flow, it starts to control Opacity all of a sudden, and the basic [num] keys start to control Flow!

Switch off airbrush mode, and it's back to standard: Shift-[num] for Flow and [num] for Opacity.

There is no need for this switch, and it's quite destructive to the workflow to use a different hotkey in this singlular case. Could you please make it uniform throughout?

The problem is also described here:
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  • very sad!

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David, Official Rep

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This exists for historical reasons, but perhaps those are no longer needed.  I will submit a proposal to have this re-evaluated, ok?

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Actually there is an "apparent" reason for those shortcuts and that is before photoshop 7 the Paint Brush Tool and Air Brush Tool were actually separate tools so using the same shortcut for Opacity or Flow (Pressure as it was called before ps7) was no problem, but then in ps7 adobe combined the Paint Brush and Airbrush into the same tool and used a checkbox in the Paint Brush Tool options bar to turn the Airbrush on/off. So now with both tools in the same tool slot, adobe had to come up with a way to change Opacity and Flow and since when using the Paint Brush opacity is what you change and with the Airbrush Flow is what you change they made that the same shortcut and devised the other shortcuts so you could change the flow and opacity of both tools as well.