Photoshop: Recent brushes behavior

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One of my students discovered if she choose a brush from the last used brushes row it switched her to a different tool. I thought it was a bug but have seen on the forums that it is a new "feature". This is very annoying and going to be difficult in a teaching environment. Is it possible to turn off the tool setting or is it possible to hide the recent brushes row? Also for my own use If I make a custom angled brush due to a project shape, I will want to use it with more than one tool. So this means the most recent brushes shown are useless. Can they just be turned off? Or can this "feature" be turned off. If not then this is actually a feature request!
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Sue Anne Hodges

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Carson Barnes

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Hi open the entire brushes palette and choose a brush there and it doesn’t change the tool. If I just select a different brush from the drop-down menu on the upper left yes, it changes the tool.
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Paddy Boocock

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This does work, but it is a nuisance and messes up one's workflow. Previously one could just do this from the toolbar. Surely Adobe could easily allow a modifier to be held down to force the new and feature to take place, so that the old behaviour persisted when no modifier key was held down, or vice-versa?
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Hannah Nicollet, Quality Engineer

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Hi Everyone,

This is working as designed, but it has turned out to be a pain point for a lot of our users so there will be a change to the default behavior in the next release. Paddy, the modifier to load the Brush Settings only and ignore the Option Bar settings and Color will be Command + Opt (Mac) and Ctrl + Alt (Win).

In the meanwhile, ensure "Show Additional Preset Info" is on in the flyout menu at the top right of the Brushes panel and you should see the icon of the associated tool shown along with the brush preset. When you create a brush preset, you can uncheck "Include Tool Settings" when creating the preset with the additional option to include or exclude color and size. See screenshots.





Regards,
Hannah
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liuyu

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What does this shortcut (cmd+opt) for? And where I should click? It really puzzles me. As I know, selecting directly on the flyout menu "New Brush", it's done.
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Cristen Gillespie

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Click on the brush tip you're selecting with an active tool other than the one that's been saved with the brush tip. You'll get the brush settings without switching to the saved tool and it's Options bar settings, such as the brush color. It really does work. I can erase easily with the same brush tip I'm painting with as a separate "brush" without having to save a new preset and clog my panel with too many presets.
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liuyu

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Thank you for your feedback.
But it does not work for me.
In the first case, if I cmd+opt move to recent brushes on the top, the mouse arrow will convert to a scissor icon, and the brush I chose will be removed as the same as opt-click.
And second, like you said, if I cmd+opt click on the brush tip directly, it's a multiple-selection in effect, as is shown in Fig. 1.



So, the first step is to cmd+opt click on my last used brush tip A to undo the blue box, then on B. However, as you can see in Fig.2, the selecting brush tip is still A which is shown in the green box. Mean while, the stroke I drew is still in brush tip A not B. And after drawing, the blue box skipped back to A.
I really want to know what happened.
Appreciate your help!


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Cristen Gillespie

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I'm not sure what's happening here with you. As long as Cmd-Opt are both held down, when I click on a brush that's been saved with a tool setting, at the same time having a different tool selected, it just overrides the saved tool information and gives me the tip. Even if another tip is still selected. I can't replicate what is happening to you.

The box color, btw, when I successfully select a brush with this method is orange. If I select without the modifiers, I see blue. So it's possible your modifiers aren't registering, though I don't know why. Assuming they're working everywhere else, and I expect you'd notice if they weren't, it would appear to be related just to brushes.

You might have to try resetting All Tools from the Tools panel menu on the far left of the Options bar. Failing that, perhaps deleting Preferences and starting over. Failing everything, uninstalling, deleting Preferences, and reinstalling the app. Here's some information if you're not already familiar with deleting preferences. Take care to save any custom presets to your hard drive first, if you haven't, or they'll be lost.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html

I'll hope that someone from Adobe catches this and can help you troubleshoot.

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liuyu

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Thanks a million!
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Hannah Nicollet, Quality Engineer

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Hey Everyone!

I am happy to announce that this issue should be resolved in the release of Photoshop that just went live, 19.1. Please open your Creative Cloud desktop app, update Photoshop and give us feedback.

Thank you!
Hannah

Adobe Blog: Selections Improvements, Advanced Support for Windows High-Density Monitors and More

What's new: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html
What's fixed: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/fixed-issues.html

Instructions for updating: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/help/update-app.html
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In the 19.1 update if you command+option click on a Brush preset or recent brush on the top,(control+alt on Win) the Brush Settings of that preset will be loaded, ignoring tool options on tool specific presets.

 

The Recent Brushes has also been updated to show tool association if the preset used was Tool specific.

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Cristen Gillespie

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> The Recent Brushes has also been updated to show tool association if the preset used was Tool specific.>

And thank you for all this. I am having SO much fun with brushes with all you've done to make working with them enjoyable.