PHOTOSHOP CS6: Brush Preview does not work

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Good Day

I am running windows 7 x64 with Photoshop CS6 - Nvidia GeForce 240 (Latest driver - October 2014). I have always had the option to use the HUD colour picker (Shift+alt+right click drag) and hardness/softness and size (Ctrl+alt+right click drag) options. However the brush preview - i.e. the usually red overlay has never worked. I have re-installed clearing the registry, deleted the .psp file, held down ctrl+shift+alt keys immediately after opening the photoshop.exe file to reset preferences. I have turned the graphics accelerator off and on, unselected and selected opencl in basic and advance mode - all while restarting photoshop. I have tried everything and nothing allows me to see the brush preview/overlay in my cursor on standard brushes. Please can you assist or fix this. It is frustrating
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Are you referring to quickmask mode, or the brush resizing/hardness HUD?
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Thanks for replying

The regular mode (not quick mask), the resizing/hardness PREVIEW when my brush cursor is not in use. For example, when using the clone stamp there is an overlay on the cursor indicating what is about to be painted on the given area (from the source). With the brush tool there should be a red (or a colour of my choosing - under "cursors" in preferences) overlay in my round default photoshop brush previewing what would be transferred onto my layer should i start painting (tap the tablet with my pen) . Please see screencaps below

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The red only shows while you are resizing the brush (the brush HUD), it does not show while you are painting. It should not be showing while you are painting, because that gets in the way of whatever you are painting.
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That's so odd. I've seen videos online of people painting in photoshop with a red brush overlay (even when they're using some other foreground colour)

Please see this 30 second clip (he has a yellow overlay)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHqmCtltomg
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That looks like it's just his video capture software.
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Lol I think you might be correct.

Do you know of a way I could have the clone-stamp tool's overlay feature active when I paint with the regular brush tool? Perhaps a plugin?
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No, there is no option for that. Again, it would conflict with what you are trying to paint.
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When working with a softbrush its often difficult to deduce just where the edge of the brush will fall - its not always within the brush preview ring (That is a fact).

I can appreciate the conflict but if my overlay colour was the same as my foreground colour that would be ideal - it would give me a perfect preview of what i was about to paint before painting it.

Many photoshop users create a test stroke each time they adjust the brush size to test it and then undo it before either re-adjusting or continuing to paint. If the preview was a more accurate representation of the brush in hand, countless hours of effort would be saved over time.

I genuinely think this would benefit photoshop users around the world, especially when rendering/painting. Please consider escalating it as a suggestion on the next PS version?

Thanks Chris
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The default brush preview shows the 50% threshold of the brush. You can enable the 0% edge in Photoshop's preferences - but it isn't always pretty.

And even matching the foreground color would not give a reasonable preview, because of blend modes, brush options, and a dozen other things that make brushes a lot more complex than a cursor. Really, it would be more misleading, and probably waste a lot more time.
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How do I enable the 0% edge in the preferences? Thought I would experiment a bit
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Preferences -> Cursors -> "Full Size Brush Tip"
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You make some good points Chris, I'm inclined to agree with you.

Thank you for your prompt responses!