Not everything about the current brush you're holding gets saved with a brush preset. But it all can be saved with a Tool preset. This is especially useful if you customize a Mixer brush in the Options bar and don't want to have to go through all that again, or if it's very important to save the color with the brush.
If you save your heavily customized brushes as Tool presets, you'll always have the precise tool you're looking for. It's not always necessary, or even desirable, to save every setting, but if it is, your choice is often going to be a Tool preset instead of a Brush preset.
Also note that if you're creating brushes to be used in PSE, that program doesn't use Tool presets, or didn't as of the last version. I don't know what the newly released version may do.
And here I'm loving it! Why is an eraser a brush? Because it's always been a brush, and it's still an eraser. It's still a tool which uses brush tips, and you can erase with any number of brush tips to get different effects. Every brush tip you have loaded is right there in Brush Settings for you to use with your Eraser tool.
> When I convert a Mixer tool to "new brush", the mixer icon becomes a brush icon..>
You object to seeing a brush with paint drip to tell you this is a Mixer Brush? Now you don't have to figure out if you need to save it as a Brush or as a Tool. The Brush preset saves all the settings the old Tool could save, and it's all there. I no longer have to use a Brush preset for some things, but not be allowed to for others, so I'm forced to save the Tool and to remember the brush I'm looking for is a Tool preset, not a brush preset. Not anymore. It's altogether now.
> 2 With tools I can "Sort by tool".>
You don't have to import a Tool as a Brush, however. If you prefer to keep it separate and use the Sort by Tool feature, save it as a tool. Access it from the Tools panel instead of the Brushes panel. My red 2 pt stroke, no fill rectangle is still in the Tools panel, so if you want to keep all your brush tools there, then save them as a tool preset. But frankly, I was very tired of having to remember that Alex Dukal's brushes were Tools, that NBK brushes came as both brushes and tools, but tools had more features, etc. This is better than I'd hoped for, but you're not forced to use the new way of organizing, or converting your Tool presets to Brush presets. Or to clicking on the preset with the Move tool or Marquee tool active and having the right tool automatically selected in the Tools panel for you — another convenience I'm really loving. You can still use the Tools panel. I'd rather sort my tools into groups and use one panel if it was necessary to locate them according to what kind of brush tool I needed to use.
It’s a very subjective discussion. It’s about how the people manage things... I don’t prefer the old way and that’s why I’m using a third party brush organizer (like the old configurator) f.i. with one click I can choose brush, eraser, smudge, and every tool what I want just in front of my eyes... Thanks to it I don’t have to remember nothing long time ago!!
My idea is to have the new brushes organization ALSO for the tools (which is my top category of the pyramid) and my concern is in the next releases of photoshop, Adobe drops the tools, or legacy, or configurator, or bla bla bla in benefit of ????
It’s a very subjective discussion. Cheers Cristen!!!
Before it was clear: all the properties are storied in Tool Presets and if you want a tool to have all the precise settings, you use TPs.
If you want to use a library of different tips or controls or blending modes between all the painting tools, you use BPs.
So now there're three things: old tool presets that "aren't recommended to use" but are essential for non-painting tools, brush presets with tool settings included and brush presets without tool settings.
I imagine the only reason to use BPs with tool presets instead of TPs is if you want the previews and folders? I just hope that TPs won't be depreciated.