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Tutorial: Hotkey-ing Brushes

A few people suggest that I make a tutorial on how to assign hotkeys to different brushes in Photoshop. I think it's a great idea as I'm sure it helps many artist to save plenty of times when painting.

"Action" is a powerful tools. Besides brushes, you can use the same method for dodge / burn tools, pen tool, etc. Feel free to ask me any question and I'd gladly answer them.

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Thank you very much for sharing this solution! Very efficient ^^
thefadedpanda's avatar
i want to kiss u for making this, litterally searched everywhere to find this out by accident too... 
Vapolord's avatar
Mhh nice. I have to be honest I always made this "right click then select" thingy. You can use the F keys for this actions, but can I use like 1to 10? they are closer. Just curious :D
firedudewraith's avatar
nope just f2-f12, and with or without the combination of ctrl and shift.
Vapolord's avatar
But why is this? Wasn't photoshop all about making a custom work environment? I never use the feature of opacity change it is applied to at the moment. My F1-F12 Keys are needed for other stuff. Its just that I would like to have the brush size up/down and brush hardness up/down on the keys from 1-4. Of course I could use right click, then use the slider to change the size, or alt + right click then drag it to the size I want, but both of this requires to stop drawing. The default shortcuts for size up/down is "ö" and "#" on my keboard. Pretty much on the other end of where my hand is. Very unconvinient, if you ask me. But thx for reply!
kristyglas's avatar
Thank you, thank you, thank you :D
Excessit's avatar
Thank you so much!
donttellmewhattodraw's avatar
Thank you so much for this.
garrette2010's avatar
thank you very much !! this has been extremely helpful and gonna save me a lot of time .
JDB-Inks's avatar
Actions are the business tbh and this is a good introduction to using them.

I use several self created actions for little things like say I created a vector path between 2-3 points, I use upto 3 actions to decide what to do with it - Stroke: With Pressure Sim., Stroke Without Pressure Sim & Stroke Fill, so it inks the line/space I created- it also deletes the path as well.
Another one I use is for Block fills - It selects the Bucket tool, Expands the selection by 2 Pixels, Fills the selected area and then Deselects - combine with the Quick Selection/Magic Wand tool this is a great time saver. I have one the contracts the selection too for Masking.

Its the little things that make a difference :P
The-Shmooze's avatar
I love this so much. Thanks for the great tip!
tilt-dk's avatar
thanks - never thought of that :)
DominicHautmann's avatar
awesome! thx ery much!
MiatoSakura-chan's avatar
I did save my preferred brushes in the tool presets but to have a hotkey for those is cool! thanks for this!
theHarechan's avatar
Thanks! This will be so helpful! ^__^
Aracos's avatar
In general I´d say nice tutorial and it could be really helpful, but I only use about 4 brushes per painting so just cycling through them via hotkeys work just fine for me ;)

Still nicely done!
cemac's avatar
This will be very helpful as I use some brushes all the time.
Thank you and also for the link for the blur brushes, which look great.
NightmareGK13's avatar
so simple and yet so very effective
thanks this will save me a LOT of time :D
AtomicTangent's avatar
Very helpful! Thanks for the tut
Cloister's avatar
Thanks a lot!
RichardPace's avatar
Thanks for this!

StriderDen's avatar
Wow, never thought on using Actions like this! Genious!
deerlordhunter's avatar
That brush looks really cool. By any chance you want to share it?
firedudewraith's avatar
Sure, it's Blur's good brush. Go here -

They have the english edition as well as the chinese.
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