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P: Decoupling the presetted "usual" brush size from OS operating aids (macOS)

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 27, 2022 Apr 27, 2022

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1. Photoshop 23.3.1 (and older!)

2. Mac OS 12.3.1 (and older!)

 

3. The Setting for brush size is put to "usual",

  • means the diameter of that temporary circle should be exactly the same as the brushstroke, independent of the selected hardness
  • Due to a large monitor, a slightly enlarged view of the mouse pointer can be helpful to some users.
    Thanks to the Mac OS operating aids, you can customise this individually.

 

4. Now the size of the brushstroke and the diameter of that surrounded circle in Photoshop doesn't match any more.

  • While the operating aids of Mac OS display a larger image of the mouse pointer in a fixed solution, the brushstroke in Photoshop is variable and proportional to the zoom factor of the picture.
  • Unfortunatelly the OS operation aid zoom for the mouse pointer influences the diameter of that circle, too.
  • In this case it ist not possible to adjust the position of the brushstroke exactly, that's a pitty.

 

5. The best would be, if you can set the Ps brushsize decoupled from the OS operating aids. (Maybe a checkbox at that section, which allows you to de-/activate a professional view)

 

Thanks for listening. Best Frank

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Community Expert , Jan 02, 2022 Jan 02, 2022

@marc21867922j5d2 

I had this issue for several years and versions and found out through these forums that the problem was that I had changed my cursor size in System Prefs > Accessibility > Display. Setting the size to Normal fixed the Brush size issue in Photoshop. Can you try that?

https://www.howtogeek.com/317969/how-to-make-the-mouse-cursor-bigger-or-smaller-on-your-mac/

 

Jane

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Adobe Employee , Dec 13, 2021 Dec 13, 2021

Incorrect Brush size: On macOS, the painted result is smaller than the brush cursor size you see on screen, determine if you have an increased Cursor Size specified in your System Preferences: Accessibility > Display settings

 

Make sure it's set to "Normal"

 

cursorsize-accessibility.png

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Explorer ,
Jun 29, 2019 Jun 29, 2019

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Opacity is at 100% Flow is at 100% Hardness is at 100%

All of a sudden my brush is only filling about 90% of the area it should. It is like I have an inner stroke set on it.

This makes masking a real pain because I have to guess where my brush is going to cover.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 29, 2019 Jun 29, 2019

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What operating system and version of photoshop are you using?

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Community Expert ,
Jun 29, 2019 Jun 29, 2019

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It could have something to do with your Operating System settings. Recently in this forum someone else was having a similar problem and they eventually found a setting that was altering the magnification of their cursor. Look for settings to do with your mouse and/or Accessibility.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 29, 2019 Jun 29, 2019

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Wild guess, but is your brush on Normal blend mode? In the Brushes Settings Panel, do you have Wet Edges turned on?

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Community Expert ,
Jun 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019

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Hi, have you tried to reset the Adobe Photoshop preferences?

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Community Expert ,
Jul 03, 2019 Jul 03, 2019

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Morningmanak  wrote

Opacity is at 100% Flow is at 100% Hardness is at 100%

All of a sudden my brush is only filling about 90% of the area it should. It is like I have an inner stroke set on it.

This makes masking a real pain because I have to guess where my brush is going to cover.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Have you resolved this yet?  I'm asking because another poster is reporting a similar problem just days after you started this thread?  Did you try resetting Preferences, and did that work?

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Participant ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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Did you happen to be using the DSR feature in Nvidia control panel?  I reverted back to my old monitor settings and the issue cleared for me. I haven't found an explanation of why though. There has to be a why!

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Explorer ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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Neither what you suggested worked and the Nvidia does not exist on the new Imac.

I tried reducing settings in preferences nothing happened. Disconnected my secondary monitor nothing happened.

Any other suggestions? I am using Photoshop 2018 but I checked Photoshop 2019 and get the same problem.

Help! Thanks for any suggestions in advance.

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Explorer ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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Tried Photoshop 2018 and 2019 get the same results.

Using Mac Mojave 10.14.5

Reset preferences and still nothing.

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Explorer ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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Reset preferences no change in results.

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Explorer ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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Wet edges was a nice guess, but they were not turned on. Tried turning them on, no change. Turned them off again and still no change.

Thanks for trying....

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Community Expert ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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You might try uninstall/reinstall with the CC Cleaner Tool. Use the Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool to solve installation problems

It's a little different than regular uninstall/reinstall. It has a little BAT file. The CC Cleaner Tool has solved a couple of glitches for me. I hope it works for you.

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Explorer ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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Thanks for the option but no success. Used the cleaner then re-installed photoshop. no change.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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Does this happen with all brushes or just some brushes? Are you using a hard-edge brush or a soft-edge brush?

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Explorer ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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All brushes.

Here is sort of an example of what happens.

Stroke is my brush size guide and then inner dot is how it prints.

I just bought a new imac so I am thinking it is somehow tied to that.

Screen Shot 2019-07-04 at 4.10.07 PM.png

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Community Expert ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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Is your preference setting Normal or Full Size Brush Tip?

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Explorer ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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tried both it made no difference.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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I know this doesn't help for now, but if it is an incompatibility with your new computer, you could submit a bug report to Adobe and hopefully they will address it. Feature Request/Bug Report Form

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Participant ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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What size is your monitor? It may still be an incompatability with that. I know that when PS CC thinks my monitor is 1920x1080 all goes back to normal. If I use the 2560x1440 resolution the tools do the same thing for me as what you are stating.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 04, 2019 Jul 04, 2019

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On the mac side go to Apple>System Preferences>Accessibility>Display and set the Cursor size to Normal.

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Explorer ,
Jul 05, 2019 Jul 05, 2019

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Gold Star for you!

Thanks for the input. I figured it has to do with the imac settings somewhere.

You have no idea how much this helps and frustrating it is to know the answer is right under your nose but you cannot see it or figure out why, all of a sudden it does this.


Much appreciated.

Have a great day and great weekend!

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New Here ,
Oct 09, 2020 Oct 09, 2020

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Thanks!

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New Here ,
Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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Hi, I'm using Adobe Photoshop 2020 and suddenly my brush won't fill its size after restarting since it crashed. I've tried checking my cursor size on my OS but it's on normal size. Please help, thanks!

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New Here ,
Sep 11, 2021 Sep 11, 2021

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the white line is my brush size and the dark green is the dot i made ( i clicked). as you can see the brush size is smaller than the outcome. This must be a setting or something to click because my eraser tool also same problem with the outcome a little bit bigger that actual brush size. till now i still cant find any solution. I am using pc.Untitled-1.jpg

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New Here ,
Dec 12, 2021 Dec 12, 2021

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I do a lot of precise pixel editing but sinds the M1 version that has become a problem as the brush tool is not working properly anymore.

 

The tool is bigger than the area it affects. In the example image, the grey part represents the visual tool, the white part is the effect on the image. Hardness is 100% so the effect should be to the edge but it is not.

It is on every resolution and size, very frustrating to do precise pixel editing that way.

Can't remember having this before the M1 so I think it's a bug but I welcome any solution.

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