Photoshop: Pixel drawing on smaller sized canvas 40 x 40 pixels

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i have noticed that when drawing with the pencil onto a pixel canvas around 40x 40 size that the cursor is not very precise, it is very indecisive , for example i have to use paint.net to draw smaller sized pictures using pencil tool, because when i use the square brush of size 1 pixel and i click a certain pixel to be lit up(drawn on) the algorithms you guys have seem to be very off, for example the cursor has to be totally over the pixel in order to light it up, if it hovers across 3 or 4 pixels simultaneously it really randomizes which pixel to choose to light up, and having the cursor more predominantly over one pixel still doesnt help , again i have to use paint.net because it is far more better and precise when dealing with pixel art , really disappointed that such an advanced software has such a bad algorithm for pixel scanning and lighting up , if you dont understand my question i will record a video and post it , and as i said i have to use paint.net to do this task for me because Photoshop is unable to do it correctly
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Ali, a video may help. Thanks.
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Also, what version of Photoshop are you using?
What OS version are you using?
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okay i made a video, took me a while and here it is to demonstrate the issue which i feel is annoying to say the least with pixel art in Photoshop CC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDXxn...

thanks for looking at this
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so any news on this? do you understand what the problem is? the cursor is in a very awkward position and doesnt light up the pixel you point at but for some reason lights up the bottom right corner pixel, and when your drawing pixels or doing anything with pixels you are always off target(unless you lead with the right bottom which is awkward and i imagine unnecessary) and dont forget that if a person doesnt know that the actual pointer is at the bottom right of the cursor , they wont understand why the wrong pixel is being lit up despite that they are trying to light up something else they are pointing at thinking that the cursor lights up what it is directly over
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I notice you have the Grid showing.

Try this:

Go to View>Snap To> and make sure that "Grid" is unchecked.

The pixels should be placed where you expect them.
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what your suggesting i do is cover up the problem, not solve it

i really dont understand why this so "impossible" for you to fix, if paint.net can have a normal transition from pointer to pixel grid , i dont understand why you cannot

why are people so lazy to fix things?

your cursor to canvas is way off, and i dont know who implemented such a thing , make the CENTER of the pointer be the point which lights up the pixel, not the bottom right corner

is that so hard to fix?
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Without a small grid (not the default) and "snap to grid" enabled, I cannot reproduce the behavior you are showing.

Photoshop already works correctly, and as you wish, when you don't have a grid showing and "snap to grid" turned on.

The problem you are experiencing is entirely because you have a grid active and "snap to grid" enabled. Basically Photoshop is working correctly and doing precisely what you told it to do, but you told it to do something that you did not want.
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Turn off grid snap. You don't use grid snap with pixel art in Photoshop.

Grid snap does not lay the pixel from the cursor center, but cursor max width and max height, which is the bottom right corner of a 1px pencil tool.

It's also good to turn on the precise cursor, so if you're using 2x2 pixel cursor, or 3x3, or more, you'll see where the origin pixel lays the lot.