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Paint brush icon does not show brush size in Illustrator CS6

Explorer ,
Feb 13, 2023 Feb 13, 2023

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Hey there, I just got a tablet and am using ai cs6. I am trying to figure out how to get my paint brush cursor to show the brush width size before I use it. My eraser does this perfectly, but my paint brush does not, any ideas on how to get my paint brush I can to shoe the line width in the icon? See attached screen shots for clarification.

 

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Adobe Employee , Feb 17, 2023 Feb 17, 2023

Hi @DexAlpenglow,

 

I understand that you are having trouble getting your paint brush cursor to show the brush width size before using it. Have you tried resetting your preferences in Ai CS6? Sometimes that can help fix issues like this.

To do that, close Ai and then hold down the Shift + Option + Command keys (Mac) or Shift + Alt + Ctrl keys (Windows) while restarting the application. You should see a dialog box asking if you want to delete the preferences file. Click "Yes" and then try using t

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Community Expert ,
Feb 14, 2023 Feb 14, 2023

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What kind of brush are you using? A calligraphy brush, art brush ...

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Explorer ,
Feb 15, 2023 Feb 15, 2023

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When I hover over it, it is just labeled as the "paintbrush tool" and there are no other options. See attached screen shot.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 15, 2023 Feb 15, 2023

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The brushes are in the brushes panel. When using a calligraphy brush you should get an icon of the size.

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Explorer ,
Feb 15, 2023 Feb 15, 2023

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oh sorry 🙂 I think it's calligraphic, see screen shots.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 16, 2023 Feb 16, 2023

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Yes, that's a calligraphy brush.

The size shows on my system, but I don't have a tablet attached, so I'm woindering whether the tablet causes this. Is it set up as your main monitor or second?

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Explorer ,
Feb 16, 2023 Feb 16, 2023

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My tablet is my secondary screen but i tried it on another computer with no tablet, and the same issue was on the sencond comptuer as well, no brush size, just a picture of a brush icon

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Feb 16, 2023 Feb 16, 2023

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This is how it looks for me: https://youtu.be/vshBKhxqqG0 

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Explorer ,
Feb 16, 2023 Feb 16, 2023

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Yes, that is exaclty what I want, I wonder why mine doesn't do that?

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Feb 17, 2023 Feb 17, 2023

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It's maybe time to contact Customer Care and ask them to log into your system to find out.

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html

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Hi @DexAlpenglow,

 

I understand that you are having trouble getting your paint brush cursor to show the brush width size before using it. Have you tried resetting your preferences in Ai CS6? Sometimes that can help fix issues like this.

To do that, close Ai and then hold down the Shift + Option + Command keys (Mac) or Shift + Alt + Ctrl keys (Windows) while restarting the application. You should see a dialog box asking if you want to delete the preferences file. Click "Yes" and then try using the paint brush tool again.

 

Also, it's worth checking if your tablet is supported to work with Ai CS6. We have limited support for this older version of the software, so it's possible that there may be some compatibility issues. Finally, please note that as CS6 is an end-of-life product, any bugs or issues will not be addressed.

 

Let us know how it goes.

 

Best,

Anshul Saini

 

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