For the last three versions of Photoshop the shortcut keys [ ] for brush size stops working. Why is this not fixed??? The other shortcut that shows brush size in red just sucks.
For the last three versions of Photoshop the shortcut keys [ ] for brush size stops working.
So why don’t you assign them to »Decrease Brush Size« and »Increase Brush Size« in Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts?
Your resistance to change is showing.
Do you realize that making negative exclamations like "just sucks" makes most folks not feel like helping you? Attitude begets attitude.
Not sure whether you are looking for approval for your point of view, but personally I find the Alt-Right click-Drag method of resizing a brush and changing its hardness to be far superior to guessing at what the brush will be like just bylooking at its outline.
I'm so glad it works for you Noel. I have custom built and sized brushes for the work I do and the drag and pray method does not work for me. I have to reboot Photoshop cs6 constantly to keep it working.
I have been using Photoshop since version 2.5 and have watched it get more and more buggy. CS 6 is full of annoying bugs and you would think that after three versions they would fix such a small bug (brush resize) along with a host of others. I have peers that also complain about it. I only bought CS6 because adobe has decided to force everyone to buy each new version. I don't have a problem with that if they would spend some time fixing age old bugs instead of working on new tools that usually don't work that well and after three iterations they get it figured out. I spend my day working with Photoshop and appreciate that there is such a program. When I am forced to buy a program like CS 6 that has so many bugs, that, I don't appreciate.
I work with a non-english keyboard, so the square brackets keys don’t work for me anyway and I can’t verify if the offending behaviour affects my set-up, too, but your claim that the behaviour on your and others’ computers is a Photoshop bug seems not fully convincing to me yet.
Have you registered it over at
and has it been acknowledged by Adobe?
Or is there a possibility that it is actually an issue on the OS side? Which OS anyway?
When I am forced to buy a program like CS 6 that has so many bugs, that, I don't appreciate.
How were you forced exactly?
Not that I appreciate the shortening of the upgrade path or Adobe’s not so subtle attmpts to get users to the switch to cloud licensing … but »force«?
You know what, just forget about this post. I went to the link to report a problem and even after completing a new account (even though I had one) it just keeps sending me in circles.
Adobe has too many hoops and rings of fire to go through. I have work to do and no time to run in circles. I mean your statement "How were you forced exactly". I don't have the time or patience for ridicules comments like that. I have decided I will not buy Photoshop again but just keep working with CS 5. CS 6 has so many bugs it is unbearable and Adobe said they fixed 73 bugs in the update but there is obviously a long way to go.
I have been loyal to Adobe's products over the past seventeen years and have spent my money without hesitation ( I own other Adobe software) but I have had enough. I would pay $300.00 for the next upgrade version of Photoshop if it actually worked.
I will keep rebooting and working around but the buck stops here.
Adobe has too many hoops and rings of fire to go through. I have work to do and no time to run in circles. I mean your statement "How were you forced exactly".
Please be aware that I am not an Adobe employee.
I don't have the time or patience for ridicules comments like that.
What a pity, because who will explain to me what about the question is ridiculous then?
Brackets have always worked for me for changing brush size. Have you searched around a bit? I have found some posts associating this behavior with pirated versions of PS. Some other posts track a problem like this to a conflict with Constant Guard by Norton. I saw nothing that indicated this is a Photoshop bug persisting for the last three versions as you state in your opening post.
If you are a subscriber to Comcast and recently downloaded Constant Guard with Norton, the problem lies in a component called GuardedID that installs with the package. Going to ControlPanel>Programs and Uninstall the Constant Guard and shortcuts will return to working normally. You are still protected by Contant Guard and Norton after removing this "buggy" component. Comcast is aware of the problem and this is their solution. It worked for our computers.
Thanks for your response Charles. I don't have Norton anything on my computer. The computer is not hooked permanently to the internet and have basically Photoshop, cd burning software, office and Corel painter installed. I will give it one more try in the new year and will only install Windows 7 and photoshop. I have a couple of friends and customers who say they have the same problem. Therefore assumed it was a bug.
The left and right square brackets make my Photoshop CS4, CS5, and CS6 brushes smaller or larger on my Windows 7 x64 system. I just tested.
You have something specific wrong with your computer that's blocking the keys from reaching Photoshop, or that's deconfigured the use of those keys inside Photoshop.
Whenever you'd like to embark on a specific path of debugging, we'll all probably still be here.
Try restarting the computer with no tablet attached. And launch PS with reset preferences. See if this problem appears just using the mouse input. (I would go as far as uninstalling the Wacom driver for this test. I'm not familiar with Windows, so I don't know how to advise as to uninstalling or disabling drivers.)
I was wondering how this was going. Glad to hear my suggestions were helpful. So now... if the tablet is interfering, maybe updating its driver might fix it?
If a Wacom driver update seems to solve the problem, please post back in case others run into the same issue.
I have had the same problem since, at least, CS 5.0. ( did not upgrade to 5.5, but went directly to CS6). The problem is not specific to Wacom tablets. It can occur with both wireless and wired mice and, for me, has ocurred under both Win 7/64 and win 8/64. Don't remember whether this was an issue with Vista, but I doubt that it is os-specific. If it is an os issue, this would still be something for Adobe to resolve with the os vendor. It is reasonable to expect CS5 and CS6 to work with Win 7 and it is reasonable to expect Photoshop CS6 to also work with Win 8. The problem doesn't happen all the time. In fact, it is unpredictible. The workaround for me is to click at the top and change the brush size by dragging. After that, the bracket keys work again, at least, until they don't. I am not a Comcast subscriber and do not use Constant Guard or Norton.
I don't consider myself to be among the busiest users of Photoshop and believe that, if I have encountered the problem, then it is very likely that at least one other person has brought it to Adobe's attention.
So this was not a Photoshop bug after all?
I’ve given some though to the meaning of the verb »force« and I still can’t quite reconcile it with the your usage (edited) in post 4.
But then I’m not a native speaker of English, so some subtleties may be lost on me.
Christoph, he's used the term "force" loosely.
Basically, he's grousing because Adobe charges serious money for their software, to where it's painful (financially) to upgrade and it's even more painful to skip versions and buy a full copy.
But you're right, no one's being forced to buy this software. That it has serious value is why people buy it for serious money. It also has some bugs.
Charles I have not installed the Wacom drivers yet, therefore not using the tablet. The last time I tried to update the Wacom driver (about eight months ago) things went bad and after research discovered that lots of people had the same problems with that particular driver so I went back to the old one. I will be very busy for the next month or so but as soon as I have time I will look into the latest drives and install. At least right now I can work without the brush hassle.
I have decide to install cs3 back on my computer. There are so many bugs in CS6 that make my working life miserable and I am not putting up with it any more. The read all layers in the info palett doesn't work, save as has problems. The list goes on and on an I have had it. I do prepress work and almost everything I rely on has a problem. I will never buy Photoshop again (after many years of purchasing it). Now they are trying to force the cloud on us (aka greed). I can get by with cs3 but have tried to support Adobe in the past as I need this program to run my business but they have droped the ball big time.
Set four readout points in the info palette, make six different adjustment layers and as you click down in the list of adjustment layers the numbers change even though you have read all layers selected in the eyedropper. This means you can't get an accurate reading if you decide to tweak an adjustment layer down the pile.
While I share reservations regarding the Cloud License issue what about the Info Panel?
I have so far noticed no malfunction with that, could you describe a case where you get faulty read outs.
I've noticed what Randy has said above myself.
Also there's some positional error...
I posted this image in another thread, but I'll repeat it here:
Note that I have the eyedropper tool set to Single Pixel sampling.
ryryn, I can only agree with you as I too have found that the [ and ] tools stop working randomly and previously it seemd that only a reboot would bring them back which was a pain if you'd done work in Camera RAW and wanted to carry on in PS. I noticed the reply from c.pfaffenbichler which said why not assign them. Well as you probably did, I knew they were assigned to those keys already but in this case when it happened again, I thought i'd have a look.
As I thought the keys were already assigned but just in case I reassigned them and hey presto the ring appeared again without having to reboot.
Hope this helps.