Photoshop: Rotate Brush Tip 'On the fly' (Keyboard shortcut, Mouse-wheel or Click + Drag)

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This may seem wild, but many ideas might've seem that way when first introduced, so bare with me as I believe it would be rather sexy addition to using brushes in Photoshop.

Imagine you choose a brush tip and are ready to use it in your art. But it's not quite right and you could use the Brush Tip to rotate few degrees. So you go to your Brush Palate and Brush Tip Shape Palate and manually rotate the wheel in that Dialog Box or type the number of degrees in a Angle Box(°).
Then you go back to your art and continue using the newly set up brush. Until - you need to adjust the rotation of the Tip again, and again... you get the point.

Wouldn't it be fantastic if we can rotate the Brush Tip 'on the fly' without having to go to the brush palate over and over again, just like we can now change it's size and softness?

Perhaps Left Bracket and Right Bracket would rotate the brush Tip CCW and CW by a 1° (by 10° with Shift) or in increments you set up in Preferences?
Wouldn't that be something?
I am aware of similar function can be achieved using the Pen Tool. This idea however would be available for both, Pen and Mouse and for all Tools using Brush Tip, including Stamp (Clone) Tool.
If this is already possible and I was living in the dark, please enlighten me.

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Rakesh Taneja

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Mouse controlled BRUSH ROTATION is a vital for speed. Most PS users work with mouse and not tablets. Hey ADOBE.....please heed to our request and give us a mouse based shortcut for BRUSH ROTATION.

Thanks
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Real-time, hotkey control for Brush Rotation.

Since you can control the brush size by holding alt/control drag with the pen, there should be something equivalent for brush ROTATION as well.
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As a workaround, I use a spring-loaded shortcut as it's faster than jumping back and forth to the panel... basically, instead of rotating the brush angle I rotate the canvas.

With the brush (or other tool) selected > press and hold the R key > rotate canvas as needed > let go of R key and you're right back to the brush. To reset view, just press & hold R key then click Reset View on toolbar.

Spring-loaded tools are great for when you need to temporarily switch tools for a quick edit, just press and hold the keyboard shortcut. Release key when done with edit and you jump right back to previous selected tool.

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Aicel Millares

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A faster way to reset the view is to simply press the esc key.
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Rakesh Taneja

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Great idea Julie and thanks to Aicel for additional tip.
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Michael K. Borgia

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This works only with the brush, not with the clone and healing tool
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Jeremy Borton

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Why can't your brush stroke automatically rotate itself as you brush. Unity 3d's brushes do, why can't this? It's a simple feature really...and much needed!
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You mean like dynamic brush strokes? But that isn't all that controllable. I thought what the OP wanted was control over when the brush rotated, as he asked for degrees of rotation per key press. I've not used Unity 3D, so don't know how that works. How is it automatic but you control how much the tip rotates?
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Michael K. Borgia

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 2019 Possible New Features.

I think the clone stamp and healing brush can have a simple improvement, check the image for the description, what do you think ?
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Michael K. Borgia

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Moving the clone and healing brush is what I really need :)
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Christopher Rotter

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The previous version had some issues; there is a newer version although I'm not aware on if all the issues from the previous versions reside.
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Michael K. Borgia

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This looks like works for the brush and eraser. Does it work with the Clone and Healing brush tool ? 
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Christopher Rotter

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No.
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CorneliaYoder

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This does NOT work for me.  All it does is change the brush size.
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Christopher Rotter

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This tool is not worth the money; I hope you did not purchase it.  The author needs to fix this program by going back to the drawing board.
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Just adding my voice to this request.  Rotating the entire canvas is a poor workaround.   If you can do this for the clone stamp, you can do it for brushes.   PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
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Michael K. Borgia

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It's something they can do easilly and would be great for users, share this request and maybe it will be done :)
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I've already voted and they won't let me vote again. (frowny face<G>) I use a lot of brushes that really need to be rotated often, and Dynamic brushes, which are terrific, are not the solution for every time I want to rotate a brush. Right-clicking, twirling a widget, hovering to see the effect, dismissing the modal popup,  all that interferes with a pleasant experience. It's bad enough that PS still doesn't actually preview the effect when we hover and before we use the brush (it can do that for Clone Stamp and Affinity always does that), but they have made a simple rotation of brush tip rather more complicated than easy. All built into using Brush settings or the widget, not just doing it.
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I want to point out that this is a function that has been requested since 2005, and that Adobe still has not implemented in the 2019 version, it is pathetic, I wonder what it is used to continue to pay a subscription, again a beautiful example of a software publisher that does not consider the opinion of its users, which I can pass on Affinity photo.
https://affinity.serif.com/fr/photo/





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Michael K. Borgia

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Maybe if we share this post and a lot of people agrees then they will make it :)
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Rakesh Taneja

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I second that.
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CorneliaYoder

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I third it, and fourth it, and ..... ninety-ninth it!   I've been asking for this for years now!
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Alex Barkaloff

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The lack of a keyboard shortcut in order to rotate a brush (and especially the stamp tool) is really limiting. Yes, you can open the Brush Settings panel and keep it open in order to rotate the brush, and be looking back and forth, not always on your artwork.  Or you can use Affinity Photo which has a rotating brush which works just by pressing the < and > keys.  Simple, right?  So if Adobe doesn't fix this soon then I will be migrating over.
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Affinity supposedly has a PS plugin -- do you know if one can create an image in PS and use Affinity directly from there to do the things PS can't (such as rotate brushes?
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Mikey Mike

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MagicSquire, the brush plugin for Photoshop works pretty cool and allows to rotate brush tip with a shortcut BTW!


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Official Response
This feature has been implemented in Photoshop 2020 (version 21.0). You can rotate a brush tip with the left/right arrow keys. Holding Shift will increment in 15-degree increments. There is also a new angle widget in the Tool Options bar.

Enjoy!
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CorneliaYoder

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Whoa!   YAY!!!   You just made my week!   When do we get version 21.0  :)
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Excellent - it's there now.
Photoshop 2020 (version 21.0) was released on November 4th, 2019.




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Yeah, finally it works, i'm really happy about this nifty little feature. Thanks ADOBE!
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CorneliaYoder

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Got this installed, tried it out, and it's EXACTLY what I need!   Thanks so much for getting this feature implemented!