Why are my Photoshop tools not working?

Some layers you try to paint on with the brush tool will not work for one of two reasons. The layer is locked, or it’s a smart object. Both of these will create an error message whenever you try to paint onto an image layer directly. If the layer is locked, you’ll know by the lock icon beside it.

How do I reset my tools in Photoshop?

To return tools to their default settings, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the tool icon in the options bar, and then choose Reset Tool or Reset All Tools from the context menu. For more information on setting options for a specific tool, search for the tool’s name in Photoshop Help.

Why are my brushes not showing up in Photoshop?

A likely cause is that Photoshop has simply run out of space in which it can store the new brushes you are downloading. Particularly if you like to save large sets of brushes rather than individual ones, you can probably see how the storage available for saving brushes will run out quickly.

How do I reset line tool?

Select the Line tool. Right click on the line tool icon on the left of the Options bar and choose Reset Tool.

Why is my Photoshop brush a crosshair?

Press the ‘Caps Lock’ key while using one of the brushes. It toggles between a circle and a crosshair view. If it’s always wrong when opening Photoshop change the default behavior in Edit –> Preferences –> Cursors. There you can select ‘Normal Brush Tip’.

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Where is preset manager Photoshop 2021?

About the Preset Manager



To open the Preset Manager, choose Edit > Presets > Preset Manager. Choose a specific Preset Type from the Preset Type menu.

Why can’t I use the paintbrush tool?

You have no actual brush selected, it’s just set to basic – which isn’t a brush type (just a weird default). Just load in any actual brush and then you will be able to select a stroke/width and draw. “Basic” is not a brush.

Why did my line tool become Arrow?

re: My “line tool” is stuck as an “arrow”



Click the Geometry Options button on the tool bar, that’s where you set the arrow options. If you uncheck the start/end boxes it will be a line only.

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