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Layer opacity change

Enthusiast ,
May 18, 2023 May 18, 2023

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Continue exploring PS shortcuts. 🙂

If a Brush (or a Stamp tool) is active, we can't change the Opacity of the layer from the keyboard, can we? It only affects the tool settings.

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Community Expert ,
May 18, 2023 May 18, 2023

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lots of Photoshop's shortcuts are context sensitive in order to give us a greater range of availability.  If you want to change layer opacity while using the Brush tool, you could hit 'V' to select the Move tool, change the opacity, and hit 'B' to go back to the Brush.

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May 18, 2023 May 18, 2023

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Good tip, though I'd prefer to change the Opacity without switching the tools, by holding a hotkey (for instance, Shift).

 

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May 18, 2023 May 18, 2023

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Hey, guess what Ivan... It is possible to do so via an action F-key or via script with a keyboard shortcut assigned to the script! But you probably guessed that I would say that :]

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May 19, 2023 May 19, 2023

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send that script to Adobe so that they assign a hotkey for me 🙂  LOL

 

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May 20, 2023 May 20, 2023

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Would you send a power drill back to the factory to have the drill bit changed? 

 

Drollery aside:

Do you never need to change the Opacity and Flow of a painting Tool or do you prefer to do that via the Options Bar? 

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May 20, 2023 May 20, 2023

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I do it mostly from the keyboard and want to have the same option for the Opacity without switching the tools, the less clicks - the better.

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May 20, 2023 May 20, 2023

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Which Opacity are you talking about?  

The painting Tool’s or the Layer’s? 

 

If you want to change the Opacity of painting Tools via the keyboard shortcuts you can obviously not use the same shortcuts to change the Opacity of a Layer while such a tool is selected. 

So you would need custom shortcuts for that (as @Stephen_A_Marsh already mentioned). 

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May 20, 2023 May 20, 2023

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You can always post a Feature Request. 

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May 20, 2023 May 20, 2023

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I do it all the time, hah) But in this case, probably, not the best idea. The layer opacity change works fine from the keyboard when other tools are selected, so the additional hotkey would be confusing for users... It was just my curiosity 🙂

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