At first I was extremely excited to read that version 13.1.1 introduces an auto-selection of the brush type when switching layers.
This much, much welcome improvement partially implements the "Autoselect the correct brush type when selecting a layer" request and to a lesser extent the "Universal Brush" request.
The problem that remains is that it is not possible to switch between normal brushing (on any of the three layer types) and erasing by using just two keyboard shortcuts. In other words, it is not possible to assign just two keyboard shortcuts to a controller and/or to just switch between two keys without any thought, i.e., avoiding to move fingers between four (4!) keys ("B", "Q", "S", and "E") just to alternate between brushing and erasing.
Unless one starts with the "Background" layer, the improved design still automatically changes the layer selection if one chooses one of the brushes (keyboard shortcuts "B", "Q", or "S") while working on an incompatible layer.
This could be considered as a useful compromise between auto-layer selection and auto-brush selection, were it not for the fact that when switching between positive brushing and negative brushing (using the Eraser) one now still has to manually pick the right brush (i.e., manually match one of the keyboard shortcuts "B", "Q", or "S" to the current layer selection) to avoid having one's layer selection changed by C1.
There are two ways to address this remaining problem:
- A way is introduced to temporarily engage the Eraser brush so that after erasing, the previously active brush type reactivates (even for users who don't use the end tip of a tablet pen).
- A keyboard shortcut is introduced that allows the selection of the brush that fits the currently selected layer (and selects the adjustment brush in case the background is selected).
I tried various ways to activate the Eraser brush temporarily but did not succeed.
I checked the keyboard shortcuts but could not find a shortcut that achieves 2. above.
I checked the preferences but could not find an option that would realise 1. or 2. above.
May I please ask for the completion of the major improvement that has been achieved with the auto-brush selection?
Personally, I would prefer 2. (because of the auto-layer selection that is still in place with the improved design) but 1. would also be much, much welcome.
Any auto-layer selection should only occur if one specifically wants it and using one of "B", "Q", or "S" can be regarded as specifically wanting that. That's fine. However, what is missing is a way to not specifically request a change in layer, i.e., a keyboard shortcut that just activates the fitting brush type. I believe for many users that would be the only brush type they would use, as all users have been using this brush type before the new multiple-brushes design was introduced.
Note that both the "Universal Brush" request and the "Autoselect the correct brush type when selecting a layer" request asked for a way to have a single keyboard shortcut that selects the appropriate brush depending on the layer selection. The latter request did it in the form of stating "Likewise, if you have a layer selected, allow a common shortcut (e.g.) B for that purpose, just select the correct brush type depending on the layer selected.". The "Universal Brush" request explicitly made the whole request about the existence of a brush that auto-adapts.
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