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Brush Resizing in Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

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Old 08-26-2008, 02:23 PM
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Brush Resizing in Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

This may be a silly question, but I can't seem to find a solution. I recently switched from pc to mac, and so far everything is great. However, there is one rather annoying thing I can't seem to solve. In Photoshop CS3 on Windows, when I held down the right or left bracket keys to resize my brush, I could watch the cursor change in size accordingly. In OS X, however, the cursor doesn't change size until I release the bracket key. This makes it difficult to determine the size that the brush is actually going to be. Anybody know how to solve this?
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:41 PM
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Re: Brush Resizing in Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

try changing the cursor to full size brush tip...
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:43 PM
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Re: Brush Resizing in Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

Hmm... nope still doesn't work. Thanks though!
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:52 AM
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Re: Brush Resizing in Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

Check your Keyboard and Mouse preferences and adjust the "Repeat" and "Delay" sliders. Set the Repeat toward "fast" and the Delay slider toward short.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:17 AM
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Re: Brush Resizing in Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

Still doesn't seem to want to work... thanks for your advice though.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:44 AM
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Re: Brush Resizing in Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

Gee, Jam, I have no further clue. Do you see the pixel size of the brush changing in the option bar when you hold down a bracket key?

Some of the brush options in PS do not show the size of the brush tip. I think only "normal" and "full size" do (PS Prefs/Cursors). The only other thing that might affect this would be in your Mac Keyboard/Mouse system prefs. Does repeat work in a text base program (MS Word or Text Edit, email etc.) when you hold down a text key?
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:47 PM
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I'll test that out and give it a shot. Hopefully I can get this figured out, this tends to be a bit frustrating. I'll let you know what I find out.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:43 PM
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Re: Brush Resizing in Photoshop CS3 on a Mac

Photoshop's default brush set has far too many brushes in it, IMO. Who ever needs brushes every 10 pixels? I've made myself a custom set that has only about 20 brushes in it - each about 150% of the last. Eg 1px 2px 4px 6px 9px 13px 20px 30px 45px 70px 100px 150px 220px 330px 500px 750px 1200px 1800px. So if I'm using a 20px brush, I only need to hit the > key half a dozen times and I've got a brush about 10 times that size, if you know what I mean. It saves plenty of time.
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