Use Presets Quickly Added Jan 17, 2017
Tool Presets Usage -
I find using tools presets can be awkward. You need to pull-down the Tools preset list from Photoshop's option bar then find and select the preset you want to use. If you have unchecked current tool only so you can select any tool's presets from the pull-down list or to be able to select any tools presets in actions and scripts. Your list of presets can be quite large and finding what you want to use can take some time. Even when you have current tool only checked the presets list can be long. Using Photoshop reset presets can help you to keep your presets list short. But then you will need to load or reload Presets you want to use. If your are a painter you may want to switch between brushes often, quickly and easily in a subset of your brushes for the painting you are doing.
Scripting can help here but because of the way Photoshop works that script can get complex for most likely you do not want to just rotate through big set of brushes. You may want to switch back and forth between brushes in a set of brushes. Actually I really do not know for I'm not a painters but, I have seen many make set of brush presets available on the web for others to use. Like at DeviantArt Brushes
I also see instruction for installing presets. Because I have a programming background I thought I would make an attempt at making it easier for users to load and switch between a tools presets.
In my opinion you should use Adobe Photoshop Alt+Right-click dragging up, down and left,right feature to change your paint brush tip size and hardness. You should use paint brush preset for switching between types of brushes with some useful size.
The script I came up with is designed to be use via shortcut keys. In fact for full function two shortcut keys are required a F(n) Forward shortcut key and a (Shift/Alt/Ctrl)+F(n) Backward shortcut key. You can create a script for each set of tool presets you wish to switch between. However each script will need two shortcut keys and be for a single tool for a set of its presets. The script can be used for other tools besides Photoshop's paint brush tool. You only need to customize the provided sample script for your preset sets. Three items need to be set the cycle script function will do all the work. The script is well commented is should be easy to understand.
- Photoshop Tool Name - The tool the presets are for. A list of Photoshop internal tools names is included at the bottom of the script file.
- Photoshop Presets Set - The Set name of your Photoshop's tool's presets. Your *.tpl file is required to be in your scripts folder.
- Ordered Preset Names List - The list of the preset names in the set you want to use via shortcuts.
If the Photoshop tool is the Paint Brush tool Photoshop will provide visual feedback via the tool option bar brush preview and also in the Photoshop Brush palette.
You can click the fowling link to view the script's source or use a Right Click then use "save as" to download the script to your machine.
Presets Set Used