Eraser Tool - Crosshair instead of circle

Community Beginner ,
Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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Hi there, I've been using photoshop for years and have never had this issue before. Everything was working fine until suddenly my eraser tool seemed to appear as a crosshair rather than the normal circle cursor I usually see. When I apply it to my photo, it erases the whole subject matter rather than the particular area I am applying it to. I have tried the CAPS Lock thing, I've tried to adjust the cursor in preferences, restart the app but nothing seems to work. Any help would be much appreciated as I have an assignment due soon. 

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Mar 23, 2022 Mar 23, 2022

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Have you reset the Tool yet? 

Could you please post screenshots with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Options Bar, …) visible? 

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Please don’t just post snippets but »screenshots with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Options Bar, …) visible« – simply the whole screen for example. 

 

What have you done for all-purpose trouble-shooting so far? 

Restoring Preferences after making sure all customized presets like Actions, Patterns, Brushes etc. have been saved might be a good starting point:

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/basic-trouble-shooting-steps.html

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Hello, you get that cursor when the brush you want to use is bigger than what can be shown on screen. and you r explanation seems to corellate that. What is the brush set to?

 

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Check to see if the Caps Lock is on. If it is, undo it.

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