I'd like to assign hotkeys for 10 or twelve different Tools I've customized and preset, including
smudge, brush (various), selection, etc... I'd like to do this without using and action since they
have limited assignable keys (F keys), and it would be great if they were centered around asdf keys.
The best I've been able to come up with is to have the tools panel open, press a hotkey and bring up
a custom SET of presets, but this still doesn't make the current tool a specific tool, I still have to select from
Is this possible in CS5 or CS6?
Not that I know of in CS5, but it may exist in CS6 (haven't read the pertinent info in detail).
You could probably use a script (recorded with the script listener is one way) and then assign a shortcut through the keyboard shortcuts.
You would put a script for each tool in the cs5 scripts folder, then the would be listed under File>Scripts.