Change Brush Size Quickly As You Work

Here are Not 1… but 2 Great Tips for seamlessly Changing your Brush Size as you're using Photoshop Elements.

You can watch the Video below where I demonstrate both techniques inside Elements, and then refer to the written out version below the Video for a handy reference.




When you're using the Brush Tool in Photoshop Elements you often times need to change the Brush Size.

You could go up to the Options Bar and click on the little arrow next to the size field and use the slider that appears to adjust the size.


But that will slow you down compared to the shortcuts I'm about to show you.

Plus when you use the Options Bar to change sizes you can't see the change until you move your cursor back down into the work area.

So go over to the Toolbox and click on your Brush Tool to make it active and let's get started.

Method 1 - Use the Bracket Keys

With your Brush Tool active move your cursor over your photo and it should look like a circle. If it looks like cross-hairs instead of a circle, make sure you don't have Caps Lock on.

To make your Brush smaller or larger you can use the Left and Right Bracket Keys. They are located next to the letter "P" on your keyboard.

To make your Brush Smaller press the Left Bracket Key. Each time you press it you will see the circle that represents your Brush get smaller.

To make the Brush Larger just press the Right Bracket Key. Each click of the mouse will make your circle larger.

Now let's look at another method to do this.

Method 2 - Click and Drag

This method has only been around since Version 8 of Elements.

With this technique if you're on a PC you hold down the Alt+Right Mouse Button. while you Click and Drag left or right. If you're on a Mac you hold down the Control and Option Keys while you Click and Drag left or right.

Just like the first method you can see your Cursor change size dynamically, but it's a smoother transition.

These techniques work for quite a few Tools besides the Brush Tool. Some of the other Tools includes the Eraser Tool, the Clone Stamp Tool, the Healing and Spot Healing Brushes, as well as other Tools that represents the Cursor as a Circle.

Whichever of these 2 methods you decide to use to change your Brush Size, it will be much faster than going up to the Options Bar.

I hope this tip was useful to you.

Take care,
Rick


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