Photoshop: Make the brush cursor easier to see (too thin, not enough contrast with some colors)

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In last updates I'm having problem seeing brush (paint and healing) cursor when working with colors similar to cursor grey (grey or brown midtones for expamle).

Sometimes cursor changes to white, but for very short time and very randomly.

So it's really hard to see where I'm just gonna paint or heal. It is really annoying and tiring.
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  • frustrated.

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PS User

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How are your cursor preferences set?
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I need to say this is not the only pain with cursors.

They get stuck often, for example whike working with clone stamp, it's getting stuck in source mode and doesn't change back to target mode, so I can't clone, or while using hand tool with spacebar, it shows hand, but I cannot move with canvas. The only help is to switch from photoshop and back.

And not to mention photoshop's problems with alt key, which somhew gets stuck (like it is pressed even if it's not) often.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP: Enhance contrast in mouse cursor.

In photoshop CC 2014, the cursor when using certain tools become circular in shape. This cursor changes colour depending on the background colour of the part of the image the mouse is over to make it more visible. Unfortunately with backgrounds of RGB (117,117,117) or close to that it is black with a very thin white border, making it incredibly hard to see. If the cursor was white like with backgrounds of RGB (100,100,100) it would be much more visible.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Make Cursor Easier to see.

How about change the kind of brush line to an smooth vector with "exclusion MODE" or invert color.

Today we have a Simple anti-alias line and sometime is very difficult to see here the circle are.

In my idea, if brush are to small, the stroke automatically change to fill circle with "exclusion MODE" or invert color.

Otherwise keep like my image.




Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Photoshop: Ability to change the Healing Brush cursor outline color.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Offer custom colors for the brush cursor like guides.

It would be great if Adobe will offer colors when using the "brush" icon in photoshop. Such as the color choice when using "Rulers". When using a small brush size it is often a challenge looking to see where the brush is on the screen.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 2019: Brush cursor hard to see.

On both Photoshop 2018 and 2019 the brush cursor using any tool involving the brush, e.g. brush, spot healing brush,  is sometimes very difficult to see.  Any ideas?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Ability to change the Healing Brush cursor outline color.

Please add the option to change the color of the Healing Brush and Clone Tool outlines like we can change the color of guides. Working with B&W images these tools can be nearly impossible to see, which causes significant eyestrain.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop 2020: Brush cursor hard to see 4k display (Windows 10).

This may be a long standing issue.  In Photoshop 2020, a brush cursor can be very hard to see.  The outline of the brush cursor is very thin.  When brushing between light and dark backgrounds, the cursor will change from white to black or black to white.  I assume this is to improve contrast.  However, sometimes, the very thin brush cursor outline blends with the background is extremely hard to see.  Brush cursors for cloning, spot healing, etc perform this way.   Is there a setting to control the brush cursor thickness, color, or other characteristics to make it more visible? 

In the older 2019 thread for this topic, it was mentioned that is a problem for 4K displays. My desktop display is a 4K Dell.  I did not see the issue on my lower res notebook.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Can’t see cursor very well.

My vision isn’t as good as it once was and I’m having trouble finding the cursor in Photoshop due to low contrast. This problem would be easily resolved if I could assign a contrasting color to the cursor but that doesn’t seem to be possible. Curious if there’s a solution for this problem. Anyone know?