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Working with Cursors Preferences

We communicate with Photoshop using various devices, such as a drawing table, mouse, touch screen, track pad, and a keyboard. Photoshop communicates with us using visual cues, the most prominent one is 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. Working with the Cursors preferences gives you control over how Photoshop communicates with you.

Work with Cursors Options

  • yellow_circle1 Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, and then point to Preferences.
  • yellow_circle2 Click Cursors.
  • yellow_circle3 Select the Painting Cursors options you want to use:
    • Standard. Painting cursors appear as their toolbox buttons.

    • Precise. Painting cursors appear as cross-hairs.

    • 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.

  • yellow_circle4 Select the Other Cursors options you want to use:
    • Standard. Painting cursors appear as their toolbox buttons.

    • Precise. Painting cursors appear as cross-hairs.

  • yellow_circle5 Click OK.
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