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Can I lock brush opacity in CS6?

May 7, 2012 4:11 PM

Tags: #brush #cs6 #opacity

In CS6 when I increase/decrease size of my brush using alt+right-click on pen tablet, sometimes I also unintentionally change brush opacity by couple percentage (obviously my hand won't move perfectly horizontally every time I want to do it). It kills flow during work of course and I have to stick to CS5 for now unfortunatelly. Is there is any sollution? I have only found option for turning off hardness change in preferences.

 
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    May 7, 2012 6:53 PM   in reply to Chris000000

    With the regular brush tool, checking the box as below, should prevent any change in opacity and then you should only be able to change the size and hardness.

    (see the tooltip that pops up when hovering over that option)

    Which tool do you notice this with and did you try just using a mouse to see if maybe it's your tablet driver causing the problem?

     

    What kind of tablet?

     

     

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    May 7, 2012 7:13 PM   in reply to Chris000000

    That may also occur if you have the Always Use Pressure for Opacity option on in the tool options bar:

     

     

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    May 8, 2012 7:27 AM   in reply to Chris000000

    Checking Vary Round Brush Hardness based on....... turns off the ability to change the opacity with the alt-right click keystroke on painting tools that support opacity.

    (i'm not saying there is nothing in cs6 itself causing it, but i don't recall during the beta anyone reporting this)

     

    How do you know there is not a problem with your tablet driver or the settings for your tablet? (the driver may not have been updated for cs6)

     

    What happens when you just use a mouse? Does it work right?

     
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    May 8, 2012 8:34 AM   in reply to Chris000000

    I meant leaving the option checked is supposed to disable the ability to change the opacity with Alt-right click drag.

     

    Are you saying using the mouse produces the same results?

     

    Does the opacity aways change by the same amount?

     
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    May 8, 2012 9:39 AM   in reply to Chris000000

    Probably posting a short video of the problem would help us better understand what's happening.

     

    see this link on how:

     

     

    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/963429?tstart=0

     
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    Jun 12, 2012 8:10 AM   in reply to Chris000000

    I dont want the HUD vertical movement to change either opacity and hardness of a brush.

    How are you avoiding that in CS5 now?

     
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    Aug 5, 2012 10:05 AM   in reply to Chris000000

    I've got the same problem and it's pretty anoying
    I would like to have my oppacity and my hardness never affected by the hud.

     

    Is there a way we can fix that, anybody has ever asked an administrator about that?

     

    In Cs5, i've set my brush to be not affected by hardness by creating custom brushes! That way, I was able to avoid that problem
    But I really HATE the oppacity change in cs6, normal key modifier were doing the job like a charm.

     

    I REALLY WANT TO FIND A WAY TO AVOID THIS!

     

    PLEASE HELP!

     
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    Aug 13, 2012 5:07 PM   in reply to Chris000000

    This is a real problem. I'm a digital painter that uses the draggin left/right feature to change brush size often. But when you're using the HUD dragging feature to change brushes size, it'll often accidently change the opacity or hardness of the brushes based on the options.

     

    When you're using a brush without hardness (ex. the photoshop natrual bristles). Even with the "Vary Round Brush Hardness..." option checked, it'll change the opacity instead when dragging up and down.

     

    An option to disable both opacity and hardness control in the HUD would be VERY HELPFUL.

     
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    Aug 31, 2012 12:03 PM   in reply to Chris000000

    What "fix" would you expect, Chris000000?  This is not really a bug that can be fixed, but a feature that perhaps could use some usability enhancements.

     

    You're hoping maybe for a new option to make the up-down motion de-configurable?  No, and probably not gonna happen until the next major version release.  Adobe almost never changes features in update versions.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Aug 31, 2012 12:39 PM   in reply to Chris000000

    I respect your position, but is it so terrible to set it to change Size and Hardness, then just watch that the Hardness doesn't change much?

     

    Note that I don't speak for Adobe here, I'm just another user.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Sep 2, 2012 7:14 AM   in reply to Chris000000

    I'm totally with you on this one!
    I expected a lot from cs6 but seriously, I really think that photoshop is letting the digital artist down!
    If such a feature is going to be added, Why couldn't we decide how this feature should work! (switch on n off and so on)

     

    Also, a little joke a friend of mine said when he also encoutered this problem: «Hey Waven! you bet that on cs7, they'll make a feature to change the flow when you go on diagonal. Everybody would buy that X

     

    Nah, seriously, Adobe really have to fix this feature or at least give us control over it!
    They should have also added a mirror drawing tool just like Painter 12 did!

    Now, Painter seem really better..

     

     

    Stay on CS5 guys....

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Sep 2, 2012 11:34 AM   in reply to wavenwater_mick

    I don't mean to sound like I'm arguing here, I really don't, but you folks are artists...  I assume that means you have some manual dexterity.

     

    Yet you're saying you can't control two different options by carefully moving your stylus or mouse?  I ask because I am having no trouble with it - I have steady hands but beyond that I wouldn't guess I possess any special hand-eye coordination skills.  It has become so natural to me not to have to take my eyes off the screen yet be able to size a brush and make it the right hardness.  It's especially not hard to keep the hardness jammed to one end of the range.

     

    Out of curiosity, how long did you try to get used to it before you proclaimed it bad?

     

    I'm REALLY not trying to be critical of you, and I FULLY AGREE that the various parts of the control should be configurable.  I'm just trying to understand how someone can have such a different take than I do on how easy a feature is to use.

     

    -Noel

     
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