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What are some more easy ways to change your brush in Photoshop?  What if I told you that you do not even need to go to the brush menu while using a “brush?”

You can use your keystrokes and not go up to the brush toolbar at all. Seriously!

“B” selects your brush tool.

To change the opacity of the brush (super handy when using layer masks), hold SHIFT and type a number.  Typing 0 = 100%, typing 5 = 50%.  You get the idea…  If you need a more specific number, type two numbers super fast with SHIFT held down, like 58 = 58%.  Let go of the SHIFT – and type a number and your fill number will then change.

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Oh, and to change the softness and hardness while painting on a mask, hold down SHIFT, and then use the [ and ] keys to go softer or harder respectively.

To make the brush bigger or smaller, just use the right and left bracket keys [ and ] without holding a key down.

I hope these tips save you lots of time while using your brushes and while masking.  I know they save me time.


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  1. Dana Stone on November 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I love those tips…I remember how excited I was when I first figured that out! So here is a question…can you “scroll” through your brushes? I have my logo as a brush and a few other favs. It would be nice if there was a quick way to switch between them….

  2. Ann on November 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing that’s a very good and time saving tip 🙂

  3. The Arthur Clan on November 11, 2008 at 9:51 am

    The little tips like this that you share are wonderful! I don’t know any Photoshop tips and it always amazes me how much time you save me when you share them with us. Thank you!

  4. Derrell Carter on November 12, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Is there any way i can cycle through my brushes without going to menu i seen it once online printed it out and then misplaced it before storing it in memory

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