What Are Scrubby Sliders in Photoshop and How to Use Them

What Are Scrubby Sliders in Photoshop and How to Use Them

Every time you see some value inside text box in Photoshop, there are a couple of options to change the value: by typing, using slider/drop down list, using keyboard numbers/arrows and scrubby slider. In short, scrubby sliders are a fun way of changing values in Photoshop and they also have the option to speed up or slow down changes using modifier keys.

Scrubby slider indicator

Indicator that you are using scrubby slider is a hand with arrows pointing to the left and right. You can see scrubby slider indicator just by navigating mouse over label next to the text field with the value in the panels, in the options bar or any dialog in Photoshop like: File > New, Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen, in the Layer Style dialog and so on...
Scrubby slider indicator
After navigating mouse over label next to field with value, hand with two arrows is a indicator that scrubby slider is ready to use.

Using scrubby slider

After navigating mouse over the label to appear scrubby slider indicator just click and drag to the left or to the right.

How to generate scrubby slider

When the mouse is over value itself you won't see scrubby slider indicator but you can generate it on the fly by holding down Ctrl/Cmd key on your keyboard.
Ctrl generates scrubby slider over field with value

Speeding up and slowing down scrubby slider increments

To speed up scrubby slider changes as you are sliding just hold down Shift key. It will speed up increments 10 times.
Shift is speeding up scrubby slider

To slow down changes for 10 times just hold down Alt/Opt key on your keyboard and you will start changing the value for decimal points if available. For example, you can change the text size for decimal points but you can not change Opacity for the decimal point. It is still useful to hold down Alt/Opt key when changing Opacity value and you want to change it to an exact value which you just can't get by normal or free dragging.
Alt is slowing down scrubby slider

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5


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