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Brush Size Shortcut in Photoshop

Tutorials Photoshop Tips 9707 Views August 30th, 2011

Adobe Photoshop comes with a number of default shortcuts for different Tools, Menus or Filters with the obvious purpose of making your work process easier. Switching between mouse and keyboard can be annoying and time consuming. So these Photoshop shortcuts are a really cool feature. In fact all the major software have predefined shortcuts.

In this quick Photoshop Tips article I will list the main available shortcuts for the Brush Tool. The most used is the brush size shortcut, but it is useful to know other shortcuts like the brush opacity shortcut or the brush hardness shortcut And if you don't find one on the list you can create it. As you will see Photoshop allows you to create new shortcuts for many Brush Tool actions.


Select Brush Shortcut

All the Tools from the main Photoshop Toolbar have a letter as shortcut. If you move your mouse over the tool you can see between the round brackets the shortcut letter. For the Brush tool you have to press B key from your keyboard and the tool is selected.

Brush Size Shortcut Photoshop

With the Brush tool selected, you can increase / decrease the brush size by pressing [ or ] key (square bracket key). From 1 to 10 size, pressing [ or ] will increase/decrease the size with 1 px. From 10 to 50 size, pressing [ or ] will increase/decrease the size with 5 px and so on. So if you want an exact size you have to follow the hard way and go to Brush Size and input the number.

Brush Mode Photoshop Shortcut

Keep the SHIFT key pressed and click + or - keys, to go up or done in the Mode drop down list. This is not very used / popular shortcut as far as I know.

Brush Opacity Photoshop Shortcut

Simply enter the number desired for the opacity, for example press 1 and 9 keys for opacity 19%. For 5% opacity press 0 and then press 5 rapidly.

Brush Flow Photoshop Shortcut

Keep the SHIFT key pressed and enter de flow number. For example keep the SHIFT pressed and 2 and 3 key for Flow 23%. For 5% flow press 0 and then press 5 rapidly. This is not a very used shortcut either.

Brush Color Picker Photoshop Shortcut

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2 comment(s) for "Brush Size Shortcut in Photoshop"

7:27 AM Wednesday, December 21, 2011
PS: To rotate a brush, you must change something in settings (Brush Sets/Settings) ...and I think there's no way to rotate it via shortcut :( reply
7:27 AM Wednesday, December 21, 2011
You are right Gaby, to rotate a brush you have to set the Angle from the Brush Tip Shape and/or the Angle Jitter from Shape Dynamics. reply

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