Photoshop: Many questions/issues

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Here are some of the things that are worse since previous versions or just still horrendously crap:
  1. No way to control brush hardness with pen pressure
  2. Pressing V or M or O etc to select tools constantly selects the wrong tool and I have to keep pressing the key to get the tool I want. Obviously just make a modifier key to select the secondary/ tertiary tool
  3. Images exist in their own pane that stupidly floats on top of the entire graphical interface of Photoshop. Obviously make an option where it's limited to the boundaries of the image workspace
  4. It's SO hard (or is it impossible) to make an eraser with any sort of brush? I have to use a normal brush and set it to Clear - that's horrendous design. I want to flip my pen to eraser and not be limited to a standard brush
  5. I'm done
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I had to post this 5 times for it to actually post. It kept saying I hadn't selected between Question, Idea, Problem or the other one. That was almost as annoying as Photoshop.
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> No way to control brush hardness with pen pressure>

I believe that's always been true. I don't think it's a bad idea to be able to tie both size and brush softness to Pen Pressure, so long as it can be linked/unlinked. I don't know what it would take at Adobe's end, but it would appear it's not a high priority. I thought I read recently a thread here where someone requested that. You might search in order to vote. Votes get their attention. Or if you can't find it, write up your own Idea. One per feature request gets the most votes, since it's clear what people are voting on.

> Pressing V or M or O etc to select tools constantly selects the wrong tool and I have to keep pressing the key to get the tool I want. Obviously just make a modifier key to select the secondary/ tertiary tool>

I'm not sure what you're talking about here. You want to have to press Cmd/Ctrl to get the next in line, then Opt/Alt to get the one after that? And you want these to be hardwired so you always remember what tool has which kbsc?  Is that easier than cycling?  I would like to have cursors always tell me plainly which tool I  have selected, but I'm not sure I want to remember all the kbsc separately. The tools under Spot Healing? 6 kbsc to memorize? 4 kbsc for the Brush tool group? And numbers like that for several other tools?

You can modify your Tools Panel to get rid of ones you don't use very often and remove nesting from ones you use all the time, but with limited options for kbsc for tools, that's obviously not much use apart from shortening the cycle. What all can be used as modifiers that won't then conflict with other features assigned kbsc—if they agree to expand options for Tools from the single letter option we have now?

> Images exist in their own pane that stupidly floats on top of the entire graphical interface of Photoshop. Obviously make an option where it's limited to the boundaries of the image workspace>

Maybe you can explain to me how that isn't what Tabs does?  That plus Overscroll seems to keep images within bounds on my computers. I must not be understanding what you want.

> I want to flip my pen to eraser and not be limited to a standard brush>

That would be nice. But you can press E and select the last used brush, or choose a new brush. If the last used contains settings, it will have an icon next to it, so Cmd-Opt+ clicking on the last used (any in the 10 they give us) will provide us with an eraser that matches the settings. In Corel when I flip my stylus over, I get an eraser, but it's not the brush tip I was working with, either, just in eraser mode.

So this is a small step better. I, too, would like a way to make the simple flip over keep the same brush tip even if the brush has Tool settings, although that sounds difficult to program — remove the Color saved with the brush tip, but keep the rest, including dynamics? However that's Adobe's problem and I'd vote if you make an Idea out of it so people can vote on it. That's the reason for the different choices they insist on you making here.
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In response to question 4 I'd suggest using a mask on the layer you're working on. Using a mask lets you use any brush you'd like to paint with to remove or erase parts of your image. If you erase too much, you can paint that area back on. You get the option to paint with black, or white, or any gray value in between. Painting with black will erase or hide parts of the image you want removed. Painting with white will restore parts of the image you want back in. The best part is that your actual image is not altered, so if you throw away the mask, you still have your original. I'd suggest looking up a quick tutorial. Masking is something I use basically everyday. I hope this helps you out. 
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> Using a mask lets you use any brush you'd like to paint with to remove or erase parts of your image. If you erase too much, you can paint that area back on. You get the option to paint with black, or white, or any gray value in between>

Yes, if you're not actually painting. Since the OP said he was using an eraser, I assumed painting, not masking. But I could be very wrong about what the OP was doing since some people do erase image pixels  rather than use a mask. A bit too destructive for my taste.