Suggestion for Photoshop and overall UX improvement for keyboard users

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My wife and I use Photoshop heavily but in different ways. One thing we do share is our reliance on keyboard shortcuts to boost our efficiency. However, with ongoing improvements, new functions keep getting added to our tool icons, which become counter-productive.

My suggestion is to allow users within Preferences to filter the tools that are toggled specifically when using keyboard shortcuts. The user can always access the whole set of tools by click-hold the tool icon. Users can therefore use the keyboard to say toggle between only Pencil and Brush, and ignore the Color Replacement and Mixer tools.

Normally if I want to toggle from Brush back to Pencil I would have to keep pressing my shortcut to loop through the rest of the tools. So my suggestion is not to move tools around nor to remap them to other groups but to selectively ignore specific tools within a group. (In dev speak, the original group is a immutable array of tools and the Tools panel would always refer to it but the keyboard shortcuts would point to a filtered copy of it that could be saved as part of a user's prefs or workspace. I don't believe this would be a breaking change.)

I think this would be a great improvement to all Adobe UI that use a Tools palette, especially since Adobe probably has to constantly think about which new tools ought to join the palette or remain a menu item, and users are constantly fighting to preserve their way (and in some cases, muscle memory) of doing things.
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