PHOTOSHOP - Put More Tool Controls in the Tool Bar

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Here's a small suggestion for a Photoshop feature: put the Size and Hardness adjustment controls for the paintbrush (and all other tools that use these controls) directly in the tool options bar at the top of the screen instead of having to first click on a button to access these controls. They're used so interactively while painting, that it would be better to make them instantly accessible. In fact, why not add any and all other paintbrush adjustments into that tool bar - there's lots of room there that could allow paintbrush adjustment on the fly without having to go into a separate window.

Hey wait! Why stop there? Why not make every tool cram as many of their adjustment features into the top tool bar as possible, reducing the need to open separate windows or having those windows use up space while the top tool window is mostly free space. Like the Text tools - why not have all the Character features up there?

Hope this is a helpful idea. Thanks!
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Steve Sprengel, Champion

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There are keyboard shortcuts for size and hardness, and with a tablet you can enable pressure to be size and/or opacity.

http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2012/07/...

The amount of empty space available in the toolbar depends on your monitor width and if PS is maximized or not.
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Thanks Steve. I do use those short cuts and I do have them assigned to my tablet as well - although for various reasons I don't always use my tablet. In my opinion, a slider is a nicer way to adjust brush size than tapping a key, but that's just my preference. I think it would be nice to have both options.

Regarding the empty space, it might not be there for some, but I'd guess most would have space to spare. Either way, it couldn't hurt to have it as an option for tools to make more use of that space.
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Many of the tools are already out of space on common display sizes, and very cramped on the minimum display sizes.
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So then Photoshop is foremost designed to work for the lowest common denominator display. Perhaps a future feature would allow users to customize which tool controls are included in the tool bar. That way those working on larger displays usually used in professional settings can make the most of the tool bar if they'd like to.