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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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?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop cursor disappearing.

Running both Photoshop CS5 and 2020 on a Macbook Pro with High Sierra. The cursor outline for brush, eraser and healing brush totally disappears in the mid-tone ranges when using 2020. Yet, in CS5, the cursor works fine.

Spent quite some time with Adobe support (even using screen sharing) to resolve the problem but could not find an answer. Tried resetting prefs and graphics to no avail. Adobe support is looking into this but have not heard back yet.

Hopefully someone has found a solution for this.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled It would be nice to be able to control the appearance (color/brightness) of the ....

The healing brush and other brushes often disapear when working on photos - making it hard to find on the screen. It would be nice to be able to control the color or brightness of the circle on brushes so that it can be rapidly found on the screen. Am I the only person that has found this extremely annoying?
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Me too!!! You are definitely not suffering in silence.

A good workaround when you loose the brush is to press the spacebar, so you get a larger cursor ,then you can let go and carry on with the located brush.

If Adobe could give us an option to increase cursor size/colour that would be great. 
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That might work, but a pain in the but as it severely impedes the work flow. If Adobe could let us switch to white or black outline with a simple keystroke or, as you suggested, make the outline bolder, it would be a real help.
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Thers the mouse pointer option to "show location of pointer when you press the CTRL key"

Its been in every version of windows since 98
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you must be joking... do I have to press CTRL all day just because adobe engineers canť make visible cursor? apparently you have no idea what is it to be working with midtones images all day
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Brush tool size and color.

As we have a new feature in the pen tool, to increase the path size and color, please lets do the same thing for Brush tool as well, it is one of the most commonly used tool in Photoshop, instead of shades of gray, lets choose the color and path size of the brush tool and make it visible while drawing all the time. the cross hair functionality does not allow to see the edges. if this feature is implemented for brush tool, it will be a great help for many retouchers around the world and helps to see things better, as without brush tool we are handicapped in Photoshop.
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I've been using photoshop for nearly 30 years, and the brush tool is almost unusable in the most recent versions. In the past, the cursor was always easy to see, not it disappears into the artwork. It is intolerable and easily fixed, go back to the way it worked for the last 25 years!!!!!!!!.