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Changing Photoshop brush size and hardness

When using Photoshop, photographers would like to quickly use the tools palette and its attributes and settings instead of moving the mouse around the canvas and menus. Relatively everything in Adobe products have a shortcut that you can use out of the box or change for that matter. Making use of those shortcuts will definitely speed up your process.

To select the brush tool, hit the 'B' key on your keyboard. Now to change the most common feature of Photoshop; the brush size and hardness:

For Mac users:

Control + Option – drag left or right to decrease/ increase brush size

Control + Option – drag up or down to decrease/ increase brush hardness

For Windows users

Control + Alt +  Right Mouse Click and Drag left or right to decrease or increase brush size

Control + Alt +  Right Mouse Click and Drag up or down to decrease or increase brush hardness

Off course you can always hit the traditional square bracket key '[' to decrease and ']' to increase the brush size or hit the curly brackets '{' to decrease brush hardness and '}' to increase brush hardness, but I found the mouse even quicker.

However, to customise those shortcuts go to menu Edit - Keyboard Shortcuts and choose “Shortcuts For : Tools”. Scroll down to nearly the bottom of the list to locate:

  • Decrease Brush Size              [
  • Increase Brush Size                ]
  • Decrease Brush Hardness     {
  • Increase Brush Hardness       }

Select one of the entries above and type in any character to change to a new shortcut of your choice.

Brush Size Menu.jpg
Control + Alt +  Right Mouse Click and Drag up or down to decrease or increase brush hardness

Control + Alt +  Right Mouse Click and Drag up or down to decrease or increase brush hardness