9 Replies Latest reply on Aug 17, 2018 2:12 PM by georgecoghill

    Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)

    roisinhahessy Level 1

      Is there a quick way to toggle between brush blending modes? I am contantly switching between normal and clear and there seems to be no quick way to do this and it is really slowing me down. I know there are shortcuts for these modes but they are a bit awkward and I can't find a way to change them to a simpler/quicker shortcut. Thanks

        • 1. Re: Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)
          MikeGondek Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Yes is same key as for toggling through Layer blend modes. You just need to first make sure you have the paintbrush selected.

           

          Shift + cycles forwards through blend modes

          Shift - cycles backwards through blend modes

           

          To go between normal and clear you will need to hit the shortcut 3 times.

           

          Our you can use "b" & "e" to toggle between the brush and eraser tool

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          • 2. Re: Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)
            roisinhahessy Level 1

            Thanks for your reply, didn't know about shift + and shift - it helps!

             

            I'd still love if there was something a bit quicker though, like going from eraser to brush but I don't use eraser as I want to keep the same settings of my brush.

            • 3. Re: Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)
              MikeGondek Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              To toggle between eraser and brush use "e" & "b".

               

              The shortcuts can be found here for all tools.

               

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              Nice lionfish additon in 2018 Adobe!

              • 4. Re: Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)
                sho.w.off

                I have complete same need as rousinhahessy. I wish adobe let us edit shortcut keys and/or the list of blending modes. Hiding modes except Normal and Clear would be great. It would speed up my production drastically.

                • 5. Re: Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)
                  Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

                  It turns out that there are direct shortcuts for brush blend modes, including for Clear and Behind

                   

                  Blend Mode Shortcuts in Photoshop « Julieanne Kost's Blog

                   

                  Almost all of the blend modes in Photoshop have their own keyboard shortcut. They all begin with Option + Shift + a letter (Mac)/ Alt + Shift + a letter (Win). Most often the letter is the first letter of the name, but not always!

                   

                  Normal + N

                  Dissolve + I

                  Behind  + Q (Brush tool only)

                  Clear  + R( Brush tool only)

                  Darken + K

                  Multiply + M

                  Color Burn + B

                  Linear Burn + A

                  Lighten + G

                  Screen + S

                  Color Dodge + D

                  Linear Dodge + W

                  Overlay + O

                  Soft Light + F

                  Hard Light + H

                  Vivid Light + V

                  Linear Light + J

                  Pin Light + Z

                  Hard Mix + L

                  Difference + E

                  Exclusion + X

                  Hue + U

                  Saturation + T

                  Color + C

                  Luminosity + Y

                   

                  I couldn’t find a shortcut for Subtract or Divide, but if you know of one, please add it in the comments!  If you want to quickly cycle through the painting tool’s blend modes, hold the Shift key and hit the “+” (plus) or “-” (minus) to move forward or backwards. Careful: f you have a tool selected that is not a painting tool, these shortcuts will affect the blend modes on the Layers panel.

                   

                  I don't use them myself, but I do use the G-Keys on my G910 with either key sequences or macros to trigger Photoshop multi key shortcuts and Actions.

                   

                  Regular poster JJMack has one of those very nifty Logitech G13 keypads which he has made full use of by assigning all three banks of all 27 G-keys

                   

                  Re: Short Cuts - Step Forward & Step Backward

                  With credit to JJ, this is his GIF, and I am in awe of it.  You can assign any of those keys to trigger shortcuts regardless of how many keys it uses.  I have actually used my G910 G-keys to insert long and frequently used URLs into forum threads (but not at the moment because I am in between systems)

                  G13Keys.gif

                  I am not sure of the G13 status nowadays.  They can appear to be hard to find.  Amazon shows them in the USA, and I have just asked if they ship to NZ, because I'd love to have one.

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                  • 6. Re: Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)
                    roisinhahessy Level 1

                    Thanks for your reply but I don't use the eraser, I need clear as it keeps the same brush atributes as when I'm adding colour as removing.

                    • 7. Re: Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)
                      roisinhahessy Level 1

                      Thanks for your reply, I already found these shortcuts, as well as Shift +/- to scroll through them all, but they are still a little awkward and slow down my process. Something like E to B (eraser to brush) would be perfect because they are just one button and I don't even need to look at the keyboard, but I don't use the eraser, I only use clear as it keeps the same attributes as the brush I am using. Shift +/- is working for now but its a bit slower than I would like, hopefully soon Adobe will introduce this, or at least make it possible for us to change this shortcut

                      • 8. Re: Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)
                        georgecoghill Level 1

                        The closest solution I've been able to come up with is to:

                         

                        1. configure your Brush tool as you like it;
                        2. save that as a Brush Preset;
                        3. select that Brush Preset you just created, and then save a Tool Preset for the Brush tool.
                        4. switch to the Eraser tool
                        5. select that same Brush Preset, then save it as a Tool Preset for the Eraser tool.

                         

                        When you want to swap between these two tools quickly, just switch to each tool and choose the Tool Preset for each. When you use the E/B keys to swap tools, your settings will match.

                         

                        Of course, if you switch Brush Tool Presets, you'll also need to switch Easer Tool Presets to match. And you'll need a matching Tool Preset set for each configuration.

                         

                        But at least you get single-key switching, and it keeps your basic brush settings exact between the two tools.

                         

                        I think the ideal solution would be to have a single-key shortcut to swap the current and last-used Brush Mode. Or maybe Option/Alt-X to mimic the foreground/background color switch shortcut.

                         

                        Come to think of it. I'd like to see a similar shortcut for Brush/Eraser swapping, or maybe Current/Previous tool swapping. Then we could easily map it to a single Wacom stylus button or tablet button.

                         

                        But the Spring-Loaded Keys features somewhat covers this function.

                        • 9. Re: Toggle between brush blending modes (normal and clear)
                          georgecoghill Level 1

                          Just thought of another solution:

                           

                          1. Set up the Brush tool as you want it, and save it as a Brush Preset.
                          2. Create an Action, when're all you do is select the Brush Preset you just made; assign a keyboard shortcut to the Action.

                           

                          Now you can invoke that keyboard shortcut for any painting tool (including the eraser) to call up the exact same brush settings for any tool.

                           

                          Just switch to the desired tool (Brush, Eraser, etc), then invoke that Brush Preset shortcut.