Photoshop: Can’t see cursor very well

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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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Warren Heaton

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While it would be nice to be able to change the fill and stroke of the cursor in the Photoshop preferences, I'm pretty sure we're limited to whatever options the operating system offers for making it easier to see the cursor.

If you're running macOS, you'll find this under Apple menu > System Preferences > Accessibility > Display where there's an option to change the Cursor Size.  

On the macOS side, there's also MousePosé and Mouse Locator to go beyond what the OS provides.

This article is slanted toward making presentations, but covers options for making it easier to see the mouse cursor:
   3 Ways to Make the Mac OS X Cursor More Visible for Presentations
   http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/12/3-ways-to-make-the-mac-os-x-cursor-more-visible-for-presentations/


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Thanks, Warren.  I've tried accessibility but it's of no help.  It's not a matter of display contrast or cursor size, I can increase size in Photoshop. Right now I'm working on a pic of a snowy mountain where the transparency of the Photoshop cursor gets lost constantly to the point I'm spending a bunch of frustrating time trying to find the cursor.  If there was a PS preference allowing me to make my cursor bright orange, blue, etc, depending on dominant tones in a particular image, it sure would be helpful.  
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Howdy Gary,

I've gone ahead and logged a feature request for users to be able to colorize their cursors.

Thanks for the suggestion,
David
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Julie Stiltner

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I think that is a great idea. I too would use it. Thanks!
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Warren Heaton

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Thanks. I am likely to use this of it gets implemented. Can you sneal in being able to assign a custom keyboard shortcut, too? :)
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Gary Parker

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Thank you, David!!!  That's honestly going to change my Photoshop life!  Hope you can make that happen!  
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Both Mac and Windows have a built-in feature to show the cursor. On Mac you move the mouse quickly and the cursor enlarges, on Windows you press Ctrl and you get rings around it. That may help if you lose the cursor.