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This chapter is from the book

Setting Cursors Preferences

We communicate with Photoshop using various devices, such as a drawing tablet, mouse, touch screen, track pad, or keyboard. Photoshop communicates with us using visual cues, the most prominent one being the shape of the cursor. For example, when a cursor looks like an I-beam, this typically means it’s time to enter text, or when the cursor looks like a magnifying glass, clicking on the image expands the view size. When you paint, you can specify how Photoshop displays the brush tip. Working with the Cursors preferences gives you control over how Photoshop communicates with you.

Work with Cursors Options

  • yellow_1.jpg Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, point to Preferences, and then click Cursors.
  • yellow_2.jpg Select the Painting Cursors options you want to use:
    • Standard. Painting cursors look like their toolbox icons.
    • Precise. Painting cursors appear as crosshairs.
    • Normal Brush Tip. Painting cursors appear with the shape of the active brush tip.
    • Full Size Brush Tip. Shows the full size of the brush tip, including feathered edges.
    • Show Crosshair In Brush Tip. Displays a crosshair in the center of the brush tip.
    • Show Only Crosshair While Painting. Displays a crosshair while using a paint brush.
  • yellow_3.jpg Select the Other Cursors options you want to use:
    • Standard. Painting cursors look like their toolbox icons.
    • Precise. Painting cursors appear as crosshairs.
    • Brush Preview. Choose a color for brush editing preview.
  • yellow_4.jpg Click OK.
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