Photoshop: My brush cursor is showing a cross instead of a circle (turn off CAPS LOCK)

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While using the brush tool on a layer mask of a smart object...I get crosshairs instead of a circle. I can change the brush size with the bracket keys and the size changes on the options bar, but I see a constant sized crosshair while brushing across the image.
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Which application?
Which OS?

In Photoshop: if CAPS LOCK is down, you normally see just the crosshair.
Of if the brush is too small, or if the brush is too big for the display.
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thanx a lot.......
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Zava Val

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I had the same problem too, until I turned off my CAPS key. Thank u so much Chris Cox!!!
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Andrea Johnson

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Wow. THANKS. Been working on this for days!
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Divu Ganvit

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thenk you so so so much......
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Excellent! Thank you :D
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Hi Chris, I'm using CS5 with Windows 7. CAPS LOCK is not on and the brush size is neither too small or too large. After I flatten all the layers, the brush circle reappears.

Each smart object layer, and there are three or four, has been processed with Silver Effects Pro 2 as a smart filter.
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Ok, then it's possible you just have a bug in your video card driver or a plugin.

Have you tried turning off OpenGL drawing in Photoshop's preferences and reopening your document?

Have you tried disabling your third party plugins?
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I should add, Intel Quadcore with 8GB of RAM, running in 64-bit mode.
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My caps lock is NOT on, and I'm going crazy looking for my Photoshop to display the brush size (and shape)! It's only showing me the mouse cursor! HELP!! :(
I'm using CS6, Mac OS, Intel Quadcore 16GB RAM.
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What version of MacOS?
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eno

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10.9.4
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Check for utilities or other applications running that might be overriding the cursor.
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eno

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Nope - I installed a whole set of new (free?) brushes that might be causing this problem, but I uninstalled them and the problem persists!
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If your Caps Lock key isn't enabled, what are you preferences for cursor set to?

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eno

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Exactly that! :( Seems like I've tired everything by now!
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Can you save a copy of your existing preferences (drag the folder to the desktop) and restore your prefs to see if the problem goes away? http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/201...
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Thanks for all the help! I just shut down my comp and restarted it - now it's all good, thanks!
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thanks .....................................!!!
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Okay I'm going nuts now instead of showing my brush size in the circle I literally have a brush as  a cursor exactly like the tool image on the tool box? How do I Change this, I'm using Windows 10 16GB Ram and this is Adobe CC? 
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Look in preferences for the cursor options. Sounds like you turned off the brush size cursor and forgot about it.
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Ok I Found it...Under Edit >> Preference >> Cursors... >> then change the "Painting Cursors" from Standard to Normal Brush Tip!!!


Thank you very much!!! 
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Here is best answer.

ctrl + alt + Shift > double click and restart photoshop ENJOY :) 
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Resetting all of Photoshop's preferences is overkill when you just need to change a key or a single cursor preference.