Can’t See Brush Size on Photoshop

Can’t See Brush Size on Photoshop

Can’t see brush size on Photoshop? Does your brush size seem different from what it was previously or what the preview displayed? Then the reason can be one of few. Why don’t we discuss why you can’t see brush size on Photoshop right here? Maybe you will find an answer to this problem.  

Can’t See Brush Size on Photoshop? What Is the Reason?

Does the issue lie within the size of the brush? This is another common issue when it comes to why you can’t see brush size on Photoshop. The most common reason for this to be happening is that the dual brush option in the brush settings has been selected, just go to the brush settings and unselect it, and you should be good. If this does not resolve the issues, then just reset your brush preferences. Just go to the “Options Bar” and select the brush tool icon and just select “Reset Tool”. If the issue still perseveres then, reset the Photoshop preferences, and if it is still not solved then, there might be a bug in your Photoshop software, and you will have to contact Adobe supports and reinstall the same program or install a new program.

Check Your Caps Lock Key

Has his happened to you, when you are working on Photoshop and you suddenly find that the brush tool has just vanished? And it reappears, but the tip of the brush is different now, and it starts showing a cross with a dot in the center of it. This is because the caps lock key is on. When the caps lock key is turned on, the display of the brush on the monitor changes from the brush to a cross sign with a dot in the center of it. Turn off the caps, and you will see that the cross design will change back to the brush icon. This feature is there because it helps you see the center of your brush.

Sometimes just the caps lock key does not solve the problem, so you can even try the “Windows + Caps Lock Key”.  

How check brush Size

Check Opacity of the Brush

If the brush itself is not working, then one will have to check the opacity of the brush. Check if the opacity is too low then one should increase it, and it might start working, if it does not then one will have to reset the brush tool like mentioned before. Sometimes the solution might be found in the preferences’ menu, Go to the menu and check if the “Normal Brush Tip” is selected if it is not, then click on it to select the option. 

These are some common types of issues with why you can’t see brush size on Photoshop. Now let us see some features of the brush tool and some tips and tricks on how to use it.

Features of Brush on Photoshop 

Now that we understand why you can’t see brush size on Photoshop, let us see some features of the brush tool and a few tips and tricks on how to use it

Brushes are used for many purposes in photoshop, they are used for editing the pictures, removing disturbances, and painting on the picture or the background itself. A few things you can do with the brush on Photoshop are: 

Adjusting Brush Size

Adjusting the Brush

You can adjust the brush tool according to your preferences. Options such as opacity, size, duplicate a layer, etc. can be altered and fine-tuned in the brush tool option. Alter these either by going to the tool’s settings by clicking on its icon or simply with the shortcuts on your keyboard. 

Brush Size

To adjust the brush size, you can either go to the bush settings and in the brush palette, and you can change its size. If you do not wish to do this, you can simply just press the “Ctrl + Alt + Right” keys and change the size of the brush.


If you need to change the opacity of your brush, you can go to the brush settings and simply select the opacity option and decrease it, or you can use the shortcut, by clicking on the number keys on your keyboard you can change the opacity for example: “1 = 10%, 2 = 20%, 3 = 30%, etc.”

Duplicate layer

To duplicate a new layer, all you have to do is click the layer and click on duplicate, or you can just simply use the shortcut “Ctrl + J”. 

Now let us see a few tips and tricks and modifications you can make your brush on Photoshop. From saving your preferred brush to how to draw smoothly, there are many tips and tricks to make use of in Photoshop.

Create your Brush

Create Your Brush

Let us see the steps to create your brush. 

  • Select the brush icon from the toolbar. 
  • Select the color options for your brush from the color picker, choose any color you desire. 
  • After selecting the color of your choice, click the “OK” button to continue. 
  • Now pick a few options for the brush, such as opacity, mode, flow. Depending on preferences, select these options. If you want the strokes to interact with each other, then set the mode in “multiply”, if you do not want the strokes to interact, then set the mode to “Normal”. Set your opacity according to your desire, Opacity controls the transparency of the strokes of your brush. If you want the strokes to look darker then, set your opacity to a higher percentage, 100% would make it completely opaque, and you can not view anything behind the strokes, whereas 0% makes it completely transparent, almost invisible. 
  • Next, go to the brush setting on the menu bar and select brush settings, and change the settings according to your preference. 

A preview of the brush shows on the bottom of the panel as you change the settings. 

Saving your Brushes

Saving Your Brush

If there is a brush you would like to save, so you can use it for later, you can save it by going to the brush panel and saving it as a preset. 

  • Create a new preset group, this can be done with the “create new group” icon on the bottom of the crush panel. Now if you see the group is created and is in the brush panel. 
  • Select the group and click the create new brush icon which is next to the “create new group” icon and name your brush. 
  • Choose what all settings Photoshop should include in your brush. If you want to include the current brush size used by you, then click on “Capture current brush size”. If you want to include all the current tool settings, then pick “Include tool setting”. To save the color of the brush, select the “Include color” option. 
  • Click “OK” to finish, and your brush will now be saved in the selected preset group.

Create and Save a New Brush in the Same Preset Group

You can create and have many brushes and save them in the same preset group. This will also solve your issue if you can’t see brush size in Photoshop. Let’s see the step-by-step procedure. 

  • Select the already existing brush in your preset group. 
  • Change the colors of the brush on the color palette and click “OK”. Make sure the correct preset group is selected, or it will be saved elsewhere.
  • You can change the “Mode”, “Opacity” and “Flow” settings after you change the colors on the color palette 
  • Now select the create new brush option and select the desired settings for this new brush, i.e, “include color”, “Include tool settings”, “Capture brush size in preset”. 
  • After selecting the desired options, click “OK” and you will see the new brush preview under the previous brush in the preset group.


Are you having trouble with the icon of the brush? Keep calm and check the caps lock. Can’t see brush size on Photoshop? Just select check if the dual brush option is selected, or just reset the brush preference or reset the Photoshop preferences. If the stokes are very mild, or they are not visible, just check the opacity settings in the brush panel. The best way to use the same type of brush again is to create and save it in a preset document, this way you can access and use the brush whenever you want. You can even save different brushes in the same preset document.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) 

1. How many brushes does Photoshop have?

Photoshop has 49 brushes in total, but you can add more brushes by creating and saving them.

2. I Can’t see brush size on Photoshop even after turning off caps lock. What do I do?

If you turn off the caps lock and still can’t see brush size on Photoshop, then you will have to check your brush settings such as opacity. You can also try pressing “Windows + Caps Lock Key”. 

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