Photoshop: Bring back Precise cursor without white border

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White border around crosshair cursor (for CS6) was not a good idea.

Not only does sub-pixel rendering make it look like the black is bleeding into the white, but the cursor is now essentially 3px thick, making pixel-perfect selections at 100% much more difficult / less agile.

Can there be an option to go back to the previous cursor that would simply invert portions of the crosshair based on what was directly under the cursor?

*Generally Happy Creative Cloud Customer*
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This actually started in CS5.

But I'm with you on this one, in CS4 and previous, there was no outline, the cursor would just dark over light colors and invert over dark colors.

Changing this to a feature request (Idea).
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It sure looks different to me in photoshop cs5 versus photoshop cs6.
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I didn't say they look the same, but that they both have a white outline, which wasn't there in CS4 or previously. The cursor in CS6 is larger than the one in CS5 (the bars of the cross hairs are longer), the corners are more squarish, and there is an overall embossing feel to it.
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I want the white border gone, too.
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Make sure you are clicking the +1 above.
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I don't understand the lack of outcry on this - it's almost as if very few Photoshop users actually edit at the 100% zoom level. Meaning, I imagine the typical user is in a constant pattern of: zoom in, select/pan/operation, zoom out, view, zoom in, pan/select/operation, zoom out, view. I have very good vision, fine motor skills, and highly precise mouse movements - so when I edit for the web or generally low res items, I like to work at 100%. But the white border around the cursor has shaved off precious milliseconds every time I have to do/redo a selection that failed to be pixel-perfect at 100% because of the fat 3px cursor. Harrumpff!

Still not fixed in CC. And by 'fixed', I mean, there's still no cursor options to remove or alter the white border.
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Another vote to at least make the old behavior (no outline, invert over dark colors) a preference.
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I think it was changed due to an API issue when they updated Photoshop from Carbon to Cocoa, and the Windows version was probably changed to be consistent with the Mac version.

The visibility of paths was also degraded in CS5. I think they had used the same API blending mode as the inverted cursors:
http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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yes, I find it very hard to see the curser when doing highly magnified detailed brushwork, they ought to have an option for solid black curser. I tried to take a screen shot of the curser to show how practically invisible it actually is, but the curser did not show up at all on the screenshot.
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Brett - I don't suppose you have any insight on the status on this, do ya? I didn't mean to sound like a smarmy bugger in my previous reply.
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No news lately, but I'll give the engineering team a bump and see where things go from there.
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So my problem is that when I ́m painting I like to use the "Show Only Crosshair While Painting". It ́s perfect that I see the size and shape of the brush while hovering and then when I press down then the shape of the brush hides and I ́m only left with a small cross in the middle. I can then concentrate on the stroke itself.

But instead of a small cross it now goes to the (not to precise anymore) precision tool. It ́s a bit strange when I have a very small 1-2 pixel brush and am doing detail work that I have the size of the brush (a small crosshair) and then when I click then it blows up to the clunky precision tool. If that makes any sense.

Would it be possible to either remove the white border on the precision tool or have the "Show Only Crosshair While Painting" be an actual small crosshair instead of the clunky precision tool?
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Has this issue been fixed yet in Photoshop yet? The entire reason I still use CS3 (yes, cs3), is because when I tried to move to CS6, I was so put off, and disgusted by the cursors in it, that I said, no... I need to keep my productivity up, so I'm sticking with CS3 until they get this right.

This is a tool for visual artists or otherwise visually oriented people. To have such a massive, ugly, fat cursor floating about feeling like a kindergartners toy, is just unprofessional and a disgrace to the application. An application that is an expensive tool, not a toy.
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Not fixed. Photoshop CC 2015.

I don't think the issue has been promoted enough.
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Something is very slightly different with the cursors and marquee in CC 2015.1 - but it's hard to put my finger on it. I think now the white border that was around the crosshairs is now behind the marque - which is a step forward.

But I could be imagining things. I'd still like the option of the border being removed completely.
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I have started using Photoshop CC because my previous version, CS3, will not run on the new Mac I recently bought. I always expect new versions of software to be worse than the previous ones, but this new Photoshop version has a design flaw that is making it very difficult for me to do precise selecting. The problem is that the crosshair of the "precise" cursor in the lasso tools is no longer as precise as the one in CS3. The thin black crosshair is surrounded by a needless thicker white crosshair, utterly destroying its preciseness. Please fix this problem in future releases of Photoshop.