How to Convert a Photoshop Brush to an Eraser in photoshop CC V19

How to Convert a Photoshop Brush to an Eraser in photoshop CC V19

August 6, 2019 19 By Peter Engel


if like many Photoshop artists you are
used to turning your favorite paintbrush into eraser by selecting the eraser and
then picking you previous brush like this you may have been horrified after
upgrading the latest version of Photoshop to find this technique no
longer works Now, with the eraser tool selected when you
click on any of your most recently used brushes Photoshop will switch back to
that tool in this case the paintbrush but don’t despair all hope is not lost
you can still simulate this by selecting the brush you want to turn into an eraser
and then switching the mode to “clear” up here make sure you’re not on a
background layer as “clear” mode will not be selectable unless you’re painting on
a layer with transparency there are even keyboard shortcuts for these modes shift
alt R for clear and shift alt n for normal mode. Unfortunately there is no
similar workaround for turning brushes into any of the other tools like the
mixer brush or the smudge tools for example There also seems to be a bug in
the windows version of Photoshop so the first time you select any of the
modifier Keys all the keyboard shortcuts for the menu items become highlighted
and then you have to push the keyboard shortcut again for it to work If you
have an older version of Photoshop you could always go back and grab your
favorite brushes and turn them into erasers and save those as brushes or tool
presets I even tried to Commission an ActionScript that I could give away that
would do this with a single keyboard shortcut but unfortunately there is no
way to access the brush modes via ActionScript. This is such a huge
oversight that I can only imagine Adobe will have to rectify it in an upcoming
update. If I’m getting this many emails about this daily, I imagine they must be
flooded