My Favorite New Photoshop Feature

I’m finding that the new Photoshop CS4 feature that I’m using the most is the shortcut for modifying brush size and brush hardness. I like it better than using other methods, because it’s fast and gives you a nice visual indicator of both size and hardness.

If you’ve got a brush tool selected, hold down ctrl + option (Mac) / alt + right click (Win), and then drag your cursor to alter your brush size.To then alter the hardness, you need to first release your mouse button, and then add cmd (Mac) or shift (Win) to the combinations above. Dragging your cursor will then adjust the brush hardness.