How to Change Brush Size in Photoshop

Here’s how to change the brush size in Photoshop, including the shortcuts you can press to do it quickly.

How to Change Brush Size in Photoshop

Photoshop is one of the most popular pieces of photo editing software worldwide. The Brush and Pencil tools give you options for drawing, painting, and editing image colors. Before you start messing around with these tools, one of the primary things to grasp is how to change the brush size. You probably want to use different brush sizes for different scenarios. In this guide, we’ll show you how to change the brush size in Photoshop.

How to Change Brush Size in Photoshop

To change the brush size in Photoshop:

  1. Select the Brush Tool from the Tools menu in Photoshop.
  2. Press the ‘[‘ key to decrease the brush size and the ‘]‘ key to increase the brush size.
  3. Alternatively, you can click the dropdown menu in the Options bar to select the brush size.
How to Change Brush Size in Photoshop

There are a ton of keyboard shortcuts to memorize in Photoshop. For example, Photoshop’s shortcut to decrease and increase brush sizes is ‘[‘ and ‘]’ respectively. Each time you press those keys with the brush tool selected, it will increase or decrease the brush size by one pixel. In case you forget those shortcuts, you can always refer to the Options bar. 

To make sure your Options bar is visible in Photoshop, go to Window and make sure Options is checked. Now, when you select the Brush tool from the tool menu on the left, the Options menu will show you a bunch of useful things to change.

The third option from the left is the brush size. Click on it and adjust the slider or input the pixel size you want for your brush.

FAQ

How do I change the size of my brush?

To change the size of your brush in Photoshop, press the ‘[‘ and ‘]’ keys to increase or decrease the size.

Why can’t I change the size of the brush in Photoshop?

If you cannot change the size of the brush in Photoshop, check the Cursors option in the Photoshop options. Open Photoshop preferences, go to the Cursors tab, and make sure Normal Brush Tip is selected.

How do I change the brush size in Photoshop 2022?

To change the brush size in Photoshop 2022, select the Brush tool and locate the brush size option on the Options bar. Click the dropdown menu, and adjust the slider until you get the brush size you want to use.

How do I use the brush tool in Photoshop?

To use the brush tool in Photoshop, press the ‘B’ key on your keyboard to select the brush tool. Create a new layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N, and left-click anywhere on the layer to begin painting.

How do you check the size of your brush in Photoshop?

To check the size of your brush in Photoshop, make sure the Options bar is enabled by going to Window and Options. Select the Brush tool, and the third option in the Options bar will display the brush size.

What are the various options of brush settings?

The various brush settings options in Photoshop allow you to adjust the brush presets, size, mode, opacity, flow, smoothing, and angle.

For more tutorials and walkthroughs, check out our Photoshop section.