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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Hi!We used to have that very function many, many versions ago, but a change in one of the OS, made this blending mode unavailable, I am not sure if it would be possible again, now that we have even newer OS versions...
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Hey, Mr. Champion, can you push this along to someone in the company. As my video shows and the other video further down...this is a real issue. The brush DISAPPEARS when it is over certain tones! It can become a nightmare to use.
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PECourtejoie, Champion

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Hello, Steve, I voted alongside, and the team is watching...
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Steve Gandy

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Thanks!
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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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Location is not the same as seeing it in real time.
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Baptiste Magis

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Everybody have the same problem !!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N83LS3HAosA&t=158s

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It's been like this for quite a while, it's really bad.  I have to use command on mac all the time to find the cursor.
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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!!!!!!!!.
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I'm also having a LOT of trouble seeing the cursor, especially when the marquee tool is activated so the cursor is only a tiny, dark crosshair. When I have the brush activated at least it's a circle and I can enlarge the brush to see it better, but when trying to make a marquee selection I can't see where I'm going at all! It doesn't seem like it used to be this difficult! I'm on an HD but NOT 4k screen.
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This issue is really bad for midtone work. Here's a video that shows it virtually disappearing as it enters that area of the image.
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Help us with this! Pressing a key to locate does not solve the issue when doing detailed work on an area like this. A simple choice to have a black cursor/white cursor would be fine.
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Yes it would.
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Well, unlikely they will do anything as it seems they just want the money, usability be damned.
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I"am left handed. I like standart type cursor brush. Can I somehow customize it or invert ?
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Hello, I would try to create a new thread targeted to that issue.
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Please !!! I am a retoucher and I can no longer work properly.

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Can you speak to ADOBE about this issue. I made an image to highlight the problem. It's a question of cursor thickness in the black version. It's too thin for a 4K screen!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The brush cursor is invisible on the gray areas.

On the gray areas the cursor's circle of
1px is black so almost invisible. I can no longer edit properly ! I'm on
Windows 10 PC with an 4K screen. Does anyone have the solution
???
I made an image to highlight the problem. It's a question of cursor thickness in the black version. It's too thin for a HD screen because the pixels are smaller...



On this video it's the same issue :





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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Brushes hard to see.

I'm finding that the brush tools are very hard to follow.  They used to have a contrasting color, differentiating themselves from the tone/color of the background image.  I'm using 20.0.8 and just uninstalled 21.1. - running on a Mac using Catalina.  However, this same issue happened with Mojave as well.  I must add the caveat that it seems to be an issue with my Mac cursor also.  I repeatedly have to jostle the mouse to find the cursor. Thanks for any help.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP: Color options for brush cursors.

It would be very helpful if we could change the color of our working brushes, normal brush, clone stamp and spot removal. It would help to know which brush is active as well as giving the option of various colors to contrast with the subject material. Very often I find it difficult to find my brush when working on certain color backgrounds.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Changeable color for cursor?.

I would like to see an option to change the color of the cursor. There are times when it 'disappears' into the background and I'm unable to find it. I am pleased that the new version has the option to change the pen line color. Definitely makes it easier to see. Why not do the same for the cursor?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Improving the Cursor in Photoshop.

Couple of things. First, how about a square cursor option? The round one is fine, but those corners are a little tough to get into with the paint brush. Second, how about allowing us to choose a color for the brush icons? Especially when working in B&W, the cursor tends to disappear in the grey areas. If I could change the color to, say, red, I could find it more easily.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP: Please make the cursor visible by inverting its color when it hovers..

I've been asking and wanting this feature virtually since the beginning of Photoshop. And it is: When the cursor hovers over the image have it change its color to the opposite of what's hovering over, and also white to black and viceversa, so one can tell where the cursor is at all times. Sometimes it's very hard to find it and see where you are
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ok sounds reasonable... but how to deal with the cursor over two or more opposite colors at the same time ... multicolor cursor i guess... no?
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