Most brush presets have a defined brush but I forget the command to release the defined brush and choose my own brush temporarily.

For instance, if I choose a brush preset that has a regular brush defined and I want to use the mixer brush instead, what commands release the defined regular brush?

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This answer is for Photoshop and may or may not fit with (Photoshop) Lightroom. The application specifics were unclear when this answer was posted.

Just change some of the brush settings or dynamics. I don't think there's anything to "release" unless you see a little lock icon next to a dynamic.. click that to unlock the dynamic associated with the lock.

Not really certain what you're asking. The default presets are merely settings, once you change a setting, that preset is no longer active. If you want to save a preset with your new settings, then save a new preset.

And the Brush Tool and Mixer Brush tool are separate tools not merely setting variations.

  • Thank you for that bit of info Scott. There is a key command option that allows release of the brush and if I find it again, I will post. Your info is a good work around in the mean time.
    – Ed Carreon
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 22:31
  • I honestly don't know what you mean by "release of brush". I've used Photoshop for more than 30 years and have never heard that term. And Photoshop has no command for "release brush" anywhere which I am aware of.
    – Scott
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 22:41
  • Hi Scott, In a preset, many times, there are brushes that are defined within the preset. Note the red circles on the brush presets in Photoshop lightroom.adobe.com/shares/d695cefb84bf4da7a67d16f9a4d75a79 There is a command to allow you to release that preset brush: normal or mixer brush and choose any other brush you want. Do I make any sense?
    – Ed Carreon
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 23:14
  • That would appear to be a Lightroom screenshot.. not Photoshop. I know it's technically titled "Photoshop Lightroom" but it is a different application than the flagship Photoshop. When most read "Photoshop" they are not thinking of Lightroom. Much the same way I had no clue you were referring to Lightroom in your question. I am not a Lightroom user. (it's kind of pointless if you use the flagship product).
    – Scott
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 1:53
  • Nope, I am referring to Photoshop. Lightroom does not have many brush options. The gallery is a Lightroom gallery but the screenshot is Photoshop. I use them both simultaneously.
    – Ed Carreon
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 2:55

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