To get the most out of the Photoshop application, it is necessary to know all the tricks that we can use in this application. For that reason, today we will be explaining how to change the size and hardness of the brush in Photoshop with the keyboard, to move faster.
In this way, you can create and modify brushes in Photoshop, to give your design a unique touch . So, keep an eye on the next tutorial, so you can learn how to use Photoshop’s shortcuts to increase the size and hardness of the brush.
Brush shortcuts while working in Photoshop
Let’s say, we are going to work with a luminosity mask, and we need to make some changes with the brush , to make some strokes. But now we will have to go to tools, select the brush and paint in black or white, to give different tones and even change the size.
You may wonder, isn’t there an easier way to make these changes? And true that it can be somewhat annoying, going and coming to the toolbar, to change the size, hardness or colors of the brush.
Therefore, below, we will show you how you can change the size and hardness of the brush in Photoshop with the keyboard. So that, in this way, it can be easier for you to work with Photoshop , even change the cursor from cross to brush in a few steps.
Major changes to the Photoshop brush
The brush must be made certain important changes to work with it, such as increasing the size, the hardness and modifying the opacity . Although these changes are commonly made from the brush toolbar, it can be somewhat annoying when there is a lot of work to do.
Even when installing the best brushes in Photoshop, we must still make these modifications to work with this tool , in our masks.
Change brush size with keyboard
With the brush, you can use the shortcuts with one hand, to facilitate the work of painting and changing the size at the same time. Therefore, to change the size of the brush, whether you want to increase or decrease it , you must use the following buttons on your PC keyboard:
- To increase the size, select the ” i ” key that is near zero.
- If you want to decrease the size, press the ( ´ ) key that is close to zero.
Change the opacity of the brush with the keyboard
To change the opacity of the brush in Photoshop, we must use the numeric keypad to gradually adjust the intensity.
- By pressing a number key, the opacity will be changed to one-tenth of the number, example:
- 1 = 10%.
- 3 = 30%.
- 5 = 50%.
- 0 = 100%.
- But, if two numeric keys are selected at the same time, it will indicate the opacity , example:
- 3 + 5 = 35%.
- 7 + 3 = 73%.
- 0 + 9 = 9%.
Change brush hardness with keyboard
Commonly, the brush hardness is not changed when changes are being made to the mask, they are always kept at 0% hardness.
But, if you can change the hardness of the brush , following the steps below, which we will show you below:
- To change the hardness we must take steps similar to that of opacity, but selecting the «Shift» key, example:
- Shift + 5 = 50%.
- Shift + 3 + 5 = 35%.
Get full control of the brush with your keyboard and mouse
This is an option that you will love to use, as it allows you to change the brush to either of its two alternatives, size and hardness. We can achieve this by doing a very easy and useful trick, with the keyboard and mouse , which will help us change our brush.
- Select ALT + the right mouse click.
- Then the cursor will change its shape, to that of a circle.
- Without releasing the buttons, drag the mouse horizontally or vertically.
- This will change the size and hardness of the brush.
This is all for today, we hope, you succeed in changing the hardness and size of your brush . Even by converting brushes for use in other Photoshop software, you can take advantage of these tips when editing your images.