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In the current version of Photoshop brushes can be saved with tool presets. That means when you select the brush you also get the tool.
You can see which brushes have an associated preset by turning on "Show additional Preset Info" in the brush panel options. Then an icon will appear at the top right of the brush preview,
In CC2018 v 19.1.0, you can load any brush with out switching tools to the associated preset by pressing Ctrl+Alt then clicking on the brush (Cmd+Opt in Mac)
Please post screenshots including all pertinent Panels (Tools, Bushes, Options, …).
The small icon in the top right indicates a much.
When you save the Brush Preset anew with »Include Tool Settings« unchecked you should be able to use that with other Tools.
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