Lightroom: Brush size disappears past size 8. Yosemite MacOS 10.10

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I'm not sure this started with Yosemite or moving to Lightroom CC or neither.

More times than not, my Adjustment Brush size will not show above a size 8. Which means, every once in a great while it works correctly. If I leave the brush larger than 8 when I log out, it just shows as the cursor arrow when I open LR again.

I recently added LR to my Creative Cloud account, but it was installed from disk as LR 5 originally. I now get updates through the cloud, and it is up to date.

I have not been able to figure out any kind of pattern for when it works vs. when it does not.

System info:

Lightroom version: 5.6 [974614]
License type: Perpetual
Operating system: Mac OS 10
Version: 10.10 [0]
Application architecture: x64
Logical processor count: 8
Processor speed: 2.6 GHz
Built-in memory: 16384.0 MB
Real memory available to Lightroom: 16384.0 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom: 945.8 MB (5.7%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 1746.5 MB
Memory cache size: 421.0 MB
Maximum thread count used by Camera Raw: 4
Displays: 1) 2560x1440, 2) 2880x1800

Hardware Overview:

Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro10,1
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.6 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Boot ROM Version: MBP101.00EE.B05

Intel HD Graphics 4000:

Chipset Model: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Type: GPU
Bus: Built-In
VRAM (Dynamic, Max): 1024 MB
Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
Device ID: 0x0166
Revision ID: 0x0009
gMux Version: 3.2.19 [3.2.8]
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Chris Cox

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Yes, that is one of several known video card driver bugs on MacOS 10.10. Apple is aware of these issues, and is working on solutions.
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Someone else reported that changing their language setting tickled something back so it worked. It may be a red-herring but might be worth a try: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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Daniel Kmiecik

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Hi Jeffrey, Changing the language didn't help me. After I upgraded to 10.1.1 and LR to 5.7 it worked yesterday, but today it's back to not working. Just FYI.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Are you using a mouse or tablet? Or does it make a difference.
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Daniel Kmiecik

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Tablet. Mouse and pen both do it. I just now saw Chris's response from a week ago. Looks like we wait.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom 5: Adjustment brush circles disappear (Mac Yosemite).

The adjustment brush circle disappears and wont return in lightroom 5 running on mac. This keeps happening randomly and I have to trash the preferences folder to get it back but it inevitably does it again. The brush circles turn into a cursor and you cant see the exact area your have set your brush size to. There does not seem to be a trigger for this occurring. Please fix this problem.
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Christopher Viola,

"...trash the preferences folder to get it back"

I still new enough to Mac to not attempt doing this until I know more about how. I'm LR from CC now. Any chance you can give me directions on how to do this?

Daniel
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Instructions here: blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2013/06/lightroom-basic-troubleshooting-to-fix-most-issues.html#Preferences
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I am having this exact problem. So frustrating. I am not on Yosemite though, I am on Mountain Lion.

"Christopher Viola 22 days ago
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom 5: Adjustment brush circles disappear (Mac Yosemite).

The adjustment brush circle disappears and wont return in lightroom 5 running on mac. This keeps happening randomly and I have to trash the preferences folder to get it back but it inevitably does it again. The brush circles turn into a cursor and you cant see the exact area your have set your brush size to. There does not seem to be a trigger for this occurring. Please fix this problem."
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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You're seeing something different. This was fixed in 10.9:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

The issue on mentioned on this thread 10.10 seems to be a regression of this OS issue.
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Updated System info:

Lightroom version: 5.7 [991162]
License type: Perpetual
Operating system: Mac OS 10
Version: 10.10 [1]

Brush size is showing all the time, at all sizes!
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I'm relatively new to Photoshop, but immediately noticed the similar problem with my adjustment brush cursor not appearing in Raw. The brush cursor also disappears at larger sizes inside of Photoshop itself.

I'm on Macbook Pro (2010)
Photoshop CC 2014.2.2
Lightroom 5.7.1
ACR 8.7.1
Mac Yosemite 10.10.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512 MB

Everything up to date.

I know it's been discussed as a known issue, but has there been any definitive solution?

Frustrated.
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Hi Paul C, I may have found a work around. It's an old Windows trick. Reboot the system. This has worked for me 3 or 4 times now.

Hope this helps.

Daniel
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No, as far as I know Apple has not tracked down the cause of the 10.10 disappearing cursors (but it may be related to the MacOS 10.8 disappearing cursors).