How to Change Brush Size and Hardness in Photoshop with the Keyboard (Example)

To get the most out of your Photoshop application, you need to know all the tricks that we can use in this app. For that reason, today we will be explaining how to change the size and hardness of the brush in Photoshop with the keyboard, to advance faster.

In this way, you will be able to create and modify brushes in Photoshop, to give it a unique touch to your design. So, be attentive to the following tutorial, so that you learn how to use the shortcuts that Photoshop has, to increase the size and hardness of the brush.

Brush shortcuts while working in Photoshop

Let’s say, we are going to work with a luminosity mask, and we need make some changes with the brush, to make some strokes. But now we will have to go to tools, select the brush and paint in black or white, to give different tones and even change the size.

You may wonder, isn’t there an easier way to make these changes? And true that it can be somewhat annoying, going and coming to the toolbar, to resize, hardness or the colors of the brush.

So next, we will show you how you can change the size and hardness of the brush in Photoshop with the keyboard. So that, in this way, it can be easier for you work with Photoshop, even change the cursor from crosshair to brush in just a few steps.

Major changes to the Photoshop brush

The brush must be made certain important changes to work with it, such as increasing the size, hardness and modify opacity. Although these changes are commonly made from the brush toolbar, they can be somewhat annoying when there is a lot of work to be done.

brush size hardness and opacity

Even when installing the best brushes in Photoshop, we still have to make these modifications to go working with this tool, in our masks.

Change brush size with the keyboard

With the brush, you can use the shortcuts with one hand, to facilitate the work of painting and resizing at the same time. So to change the brush size, whether you want to increase or decrease it, you must use the following buttons on your PC keyboard:

  • To increase the size, select the “i“which is close to zero.
  • If you want to decrease the size, press the (´) which is close to zero.

Change the opacity of the brush with the keyboard

To change the opacity of the brush in Photoshop, we must use the numeric keypad, to gradually graduate the intensity.

  • By pressing a number key, the opacity will be changed to the tenth part of the figure, example:
  1. 1 = 10%.
  2. 3 = 30%.
  3. 5 = 50%.
  4. 0 = 100%.
  • But, if two number keys are selected at the same time, will indicate the opacity, example:
  1. 3 + 5 = 35%.
  2. 7 + 3 = 73%.
  3. 0 + 9 = 9%.

Change brush hardness with the keyboard

Commonly, brush hardness is not changed when changes are being made to the mask, they are always kept at 0% hardness.

change brush hardness with keyboardBut, if you can do the change of brush hardness, following the following steps, which we will show you below:

  • To change the hardness we must take steps similar to that of opacity, but selecting the “Shift” key, example:
  1. Shift + 5 = 50%.
  2. Shift + 3 + 5 = 35%.

Get full control of the brush with your keyboard and mouse

This is an option that you will love to use, as it allows you to change the brush to either of its two alternatives, size and hardness. We can achieve this by performing a very easy and useful trick, with the keyboard and mouse, which will help us change our brush.

  • Select ALT + the right mouse click.
  • Then the cursor will change its shape, to that of a circle.
  • Without releasing the buttons, drag the mouse horizontally or vertically.
  • This will change the size and hardness of the brush.

This is it for today, we hope, you achieve change the hardness and size of your brush successfully. Even by converting brushes for use in other Photoshop software, you can take advantage of these tips when editing your images.

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