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3 minutes ago, R C-R said:

I think the biggest problem is not so much how the brush tools work now, which has some merits, but more the lack of any "show or reselect last preset brush" features.

From my point of view, if I select any path with a brush applied, it should contextually show me which brush was used. It doesn't have to select it, but if I use a variety of different brushes for some artwork, it's useful to keep track of what is being used where.

I also agree that if you switch tools from the brush tool, the selected brush setting remain sticky; returning to the brush tool should have everything as was previously shown and selected.

Those would be my preferences, at least.

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18 minutes ago, pixel-girl said:

Dear RCR, no, it isn't logical from a programing standpoint.

As long as the Paint Brush Tool is implemented as a method of painting pixels with a specific collection of pixel brush attributes, what other way could it be implemented logically?

It is not at all like adding or editing text objects -- once the pixels are painted they have no individually editable object attributes. They are just pixels, no different from any of the others in that pixel object, or any of the pixels in a rasterized text or vector object.


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45 minutes ago, simonlayfield said:

From my point of view, if I select any path with a brush applied, it should contextually show me which brush was used.

I agree that there should be some way of showing that when using the Vector Brush or Pencil tools, but that does not apply when painting with the Paint Brush Tool because that tool cannot create or modify vector curve objects that have paths. It can only create or modify pixels on rasterized pixel layers.


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Anyway. Looking at my profile pict: Three years ago it was a joke. Now it's real. Because of the 3 years.


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24 minutes ago, pixel-girl said:

Anyway. Looking at my profile pict: Three years ago it was a joke. Now it's real. Because of the 3 years.

OK, but what kind of programatic logic do you think could work to usefully answer the "what brush am I using?" question when using the Paint Brush Tool? Should it show you a raster brush that no longer matches the size, hardness, rotation or whatever of what you just painted because you changed one or more of those attributes on-the-fly while painted with it, or via the "More" contextual toolbar item?

The logic seems straightforward enough for vector brushes but not so much for pixel brushes because they are not applied to entire objects.


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19 hours ago, R C-R said:

I think the biggest problem is not so much how the brush tools work now, which has some merits, but more the lack of any "show or reselect last preset brush" features.

Yeah, that's what I meant by working... In any case, and on another slightly different note, I sometimes really feel lost with some brushes, like I won't get them to do what I want and some are strangely lagging and impossible to use. Or maybe it's also some brushes that I seem not to understand how they're supposed to work and I feel overly clumsy using them and end up desisting. So I need to understand this, as I never had such an exhausting experience with Photoshop brushes. Overall they feel way more responsive in Photoshop... not to mention the above mentioned little nightmare about What efffng brush am I using.

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Why can't Photo/Designer just remember the last brush/eraser tool type used and keep them highlighted or at least show the name somewhere. :(

Note: Procreate remembers the last bush used, ( as well as the brush's size and opacity ) for every tool in every brush category and brush selected in that category, with a blue highlighted background or icon (even after the app has been closed and reopened.)  Affinity dudes, try their app, it demonstrates a great example of how to keep track of brushes.

Brush amnesia seems to occur on Mac, Windows and iPad versions with different levels of frustration. "Where oh where is the brush I just used?"

P.S. So much greatness spoiled by one really dumb problem.

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This is still a major issue in march 2020! surely by selecting any stroke, you should be able to see what brush is used (preferably next to the stroke and fill details in contextual toolbar). It is such a basic function and absolutely essential, yet 4 years later and this still hasn't been fixed! On mac and windows!

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On 2/18/2020 at 8:33 AM, R C-R said:

I reasonably sure this happens because a brush is basically just a saved set of brush-related properties (size, hardness, flow, dynamics, etc.), so any change to any of them while using it effectively creates a new brush with a different set of properties. Thus, it is no longer the original 'parent' brush & the original is deselected to indicate that (& that if that brush was selected again it would revert to its default properties instead of whatever they are now).

This is all quite logical from a programing standpoint but of absolutely no help in determining which 'parent' brush was the last one selected. :39_angry:

This makes absolute sense!  But yeah, it doesn't really help out much.

I am brand new to Affinity Photo and I glad that I am not the only one dealing with this. I am using on a Macbook. Even if the brush tab showed the name of the brush it would be helpful. At least then I could look at that to remember which one I am selecting. It takes too long to hover over the brush and wait for the name to pop up.

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I saved my brush I was using which I know is only useful in certain circumstances and not a fix for this issue in the main. I needed a rough edge border to match on images I was then placing in Publisher - mac desktop. Create New Category called favs or whatever from the brushes menu tab. Select the brush - right click/duplicate, select the duplicate - right click/Move Brush to Category, Edit it to change its width to a size that suits. Obviously it would be easier if it stayed highlighted but as soon as I change a brush's width, it is no longer highlighted and I quickly lose track of the brush I'm using. 'Brushes Last Used' above 'Basics' would be nice. 🤔

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Just adding my voice, it's a problem for me that whenever I use a brush and I like the effect and then I switch between the tools I cannot see anymore which brush was chosen. I would sometimes like to select that same brush as an eraser and it's impossible to tell which one it was. Once you have selected a certain brush, it should be highlighted once you go back to using the brush tool again, and that sadly doesn't happen.

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I'll add my name to the list of people who really struggle with how brushes work. It results in a constant level of background frustration/uncertainty in an application that I otherwise rather like.

Firstly, the difficulty of finding what you want when it's so difficult even to see the names of brushes. Secondly, the thing about knowing you can reliably return to the thing you were using 2 minutes ago.

It's especially anti-intuitive behaviour that you select a brush, change its width and then it becomes deselected and then you are somehow using another, unnamed version of it, with no way of finding out what its "parent" brush was, if you've forgotten.

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