Have you ever been painting with the Brush tool (B) and noticed that the strokes are laggy? By laggy, I mean you drag with the Brush and the stroke slowly appears behind it. There’s a setting that Adobe added a while back that you may not be aware of. Choose the Brush tool, look at the Options Bar at the top, and to the right you’ll see a setting for Smoothing. Change the setting to 0% and the brush will be more responsive, sometimes by a lot. If you’re drawing and need the strokes to be a little smoother, try increasing the setting; but for all retouching, it should be at 0%. 

This tip originally published in Colin Smith’s Photoshop Tips column, in the June, 2022 issue of Photoshop User magazine.

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