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When sculpting I often want to switch between brushes. I find this a rather lengthy process. I have to open the sidebar and click on the icon and then click on the new brush I want to use. Is there a faster way to switch between brushes?

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  • $\begingroup$ CTR+D toggles on\off Dyntopo. Dont thank me:) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 17:44

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There are letter shortcuts for most brushes, S for smooth, D for brush/draw, etc. as well as number shortcuts (1 for blob, 2 for brush, etc. Note that the number shortcuts depend on the order of the brushes in the menu, so 1 is always the first brush but necessarily blob)

For a full list, go to CtrlAltU> User Preferences > Input and search for "brush":

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And then scroll down to the Sculpt section:

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There are options (for which brush to select) available if you expand a shortcut entry:

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You can easily create your own shortcuts by

  1. Pressing Add New

  2. Set the shortcut actuator options (mouse or keyboard, modifier keys, shortcut key, etc.)

  3. Type in paint.brush_select as the operator.

  4. Select Sculpt as the paint mode (note that it will be grayed out until you select it).

  5. Select the sculpt tool.

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Also note that the Smooth brush can be activated without switching to another brush by holding Shift.

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M = Mask Painting
K = Snake Hook Brush
Shift+C = Crease Brush
C = Clay Brush
Shift+T = Flatten/Contrast Brush
L = Layer Brush
G = Grab Brush
I = Inflate/Deflate Brush
P = Pinch/Magnify Brush
S = Smooth Brush


1 = Blob Brush
2 = Clay Brush
3 = Clay Strips Brush
4 = Crease Brush
5 = Fill/Deepen
6 = Flatten/Contrast Brush
7 = Grab Brush
8 = Inflate/Deflate
9 = Layer Brush
0 = Mask


Shift+1 = Nudge Brush
Shift+2 = Pinch/Magnify Brush
Shift+3 = Rotate
Shift+4 = Scrape/Peaks
Shift+5 = SculptDraw
Shift+6 = Smooth
Shift+7 = Snake Hook
Shift+8 = Thumb

Graphic below, slightly outdated. Twist was renamed Rotate and Shift+Number hotkeys re-assigned.

keybord shortcuts on the brush icons

Current as of Blender 2.79a

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  • $\begingroup$ If I use my installation I have brushes called Brush on Draw mode on shortcut 2 and Polish on shortcut Shift+4, There isn't Rotate brush, but there's Twist. While Factory settings don't have brush called Brush on Draw mode as well as Polish and Twist is called as Rotate. I didn't really think my brushes aren't default ones. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 11:34
  • $\begingroup$ Here is another fast way: Enable Pie Menu: 3D Viewport Pie Menus and enable Sculpt Pie: Hotkey: 'W' in the settings. When sculpting just hit the W key to pick your desired brush. Some of them are nested. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 14:06
  • $\begingroup$ Or Sculpt/Paint brush menus addon, Alt+V will be for brush settings $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 15:06
  • $\begingroup$ @BrysonJack in what version did they rename the brushes? That image is from 2.79b. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Apr 6, 2018 at 23:49
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    $\begingroup$ Seems these hotkeys do not work anymore in Blender 3.1 $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 10, 2022 at 8:53

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