How to Change Brush Opacity in Photoshop

November 3, 2017

Last week we talked about How to Quickly Locate a Photoshop Brush.  JulesW commented: “Now I need to find a way to quickly charge the opacity for brushes.”

There are several ways to change the opacity of brushes:   (I am using Photoshop CC for screenshots, but all 4 of these techniques were tested successfully in Photoshop Elements 15. Please check your version to see if they work for you.)

  1. With the Brush Tool selected, click on the down-pointing arrow next to Opacity in the top Menu Bar.  Use the slider to select the opacity you desire.

2. Left mouse-click and hold on the word “Opacity” in the top Menu Bar. Drag to the right or left to change opacity. This is the “Scrubby Slider” technique.

3. Highlight the typed opacity percentage in the Opacity box, and type in the percentage that you want.

4. Type a numeric key on your keyboard to change the opacity percentage. For example, type 1 for 10%, 2 for 20%, and so on.  Entering 2 numbers quickly will give you an exact percentage: for example, 1+5 quickly will give you 15%.

I love that Photoshop gives us multiple ways to accomplish the same task! Choose the method that is the easiest for you to remember!

Last week FaithA asked: “Do you know if there a way to clear the brush options, I have so many brushes it only goes up to the “S” named ones. I hope you know what I mean, I can’t think of another way to put it.”   We’ll take a look at that answer next week!

If you would like to download a PDF you may do so here: How to Change Brush Opacity in Photoshop

If you would like to watch a YouTube video, you will find it here:  How to Change Brush Opacity in Photoshop

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