Photoshop CC: Problems with brush size shortcuts in the liquify tool

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In Photoshop CC inside the Liquify tool holding down ctrl+alt+click and drag(on mac) no longer allows you to change the size of the brush.

Also in the liquify tool(no specific to CC) the fist time you use brackets ([,]) to change the brush size the size first moves in the wrong direction, then gets back to your original brush size, then goes in the direction you are trying to get to.
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Spencer Delamore

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Chris Cox

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The Macintosh doesn't use control, or alt.

Which modifiers are you actually using?

Which OS version?

Are you using a tablet or other alternate input device?
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Spencer Delamore

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Well macs do have both those buttons, they are the bottom left most buttons on the keyboard.

control+alt (aka:option)

OS X 10.8

Using a wacom tablet. This option worked is CS6 inside the liquify tool, and it still works outside the liquify tool for the brushin CC, but no longer works inside the liquify.
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Howdy Spencer,

The bug for Liquify's brush resizing shortcut is CPU-related. We are currently working on a fix that will be available soon.

Thanks,
David
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cool thnx!
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Graham Mitchell

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Good news. That was also really bugging me.
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Christophe Lavastre

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This thread is over two years old and there's still no solution?! I'm having the same problem here with the latest Photoshop CC: I can't use the normal keyboard shortcut to quickly change brush size ctrl+alt+right click+pen motion. This bug makes it very tedious to use the liquefy tool
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What version of PS are you using? I remember this getting fixed with an update, I think it stopped working after they started the CC program, and changed some stuff around, and then fixed stuff up as they went a long.

Currently works for me in 14.2.2
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Spencer Delamore

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I think it could also be related to your video card and whether or not you have "Use Graphics Processor" checked in Performance under Preferences. I just had to turn mine off due to using an older video card and saw a change in the way Liquify's interface functioned. I saw a return of the weird brackets based issue.

If you have a halfway decent video card(≥512mb) make sure that you are utilizing your GPU, this might solve your issue.
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Hi Christophe, try Spencer's suggestion and make sure that "Use Graphics Processor" is enabled under Preferences>Performance... and restart Photoshop

You'll also want to make sure your driver is up to date:

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/...
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Why is this still not fixed?
The brush resize keys are still different in the Liquify filter (Shift + = for Brush +  and ' for Brush -) from the canvas keystrokes ([ for Brush + and ] for Brush -) with an English / US keyboard.

Graphic tablets and new Apps like AstroPad aren't working that way. They know only one(!) keystroke for Brush + and one(!) keystroke for Brush -. And of course in other languages it becomes a horror to setup the brush keystrokes.

Why still going this (in my eyes stupid) way?
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Spencer Delamore

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I think you're talking about something different from this thread.  You should start a new thread as it'll be more likely that you'll find an answer.  Good luck.
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Raymond K. Larum

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I talk about the brush size shortcut which is the topic of this thread.