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polygonal lasso cursor changes to an arrow... why?

Participant ,
Sep 23, 2023 Sep 23, 2023

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Sometimes when using the Polygonal Lasso tool to make an extended selection across the artboard, the cursor changes to a thick arrow making precise selections challenging. I've used PS for many years, and have never experienced this until this latest version (or maybe 2022, I don't remember).

 

I use PS on an almost daily basis and would love to disable the feature if there is a setting for it.

 

Photoshop 2023, version 24.7.0.

iMac 24 inch, M1

Ventura 13.4

16GB ram

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Sep 24, 2023 Sep 24, 2023

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Can you provide a screen recording illustrating the issue? 

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Participant ,
Sep 24, 2023 Sep 24, 2023

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This morning I've been using the Polygonal Lasso to make a selection in several images to purposively get this odd cursor to appear... but thus, far no luck. The next time it happen, I will post a screen capture. Thanks.

 

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Sep 24, 2023 Sep 24, 2023

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I'm trying to think of what might cause that, and I am coming up with nothing.  I have even tried using the tool and experimenting with modifier keys and spring loaded shortcuts.  It's 'Big' arrow bit that makes it so hard work out.  I am wondering if it is another app working in the background, and stealing focus from Photoshop?  Can you think of anything else that might have been open when the issue ocurred?

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Sep 30, 2023 Sep 30, 2023

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UPDATE: so it happened again this morning. In this instance, I am adding to an existing selection and after moving the  Polygonal lasso tool to the bottom of the screen, and then vertically to complete the selection... an arrow replaces the normal polygonal lasso. (This always occurs when moving the lasso tool vertically.)

 

In the attached pic... the arrowhead is much broader than the Mac OS cursor. 

 

I have no other apps in the background other than Creative Cloud.

 

It has always been my practice to permanently toggle off all Siri and Spotlight options, hot corners, accessibilty shortcuts, etc. Apart from Adobe apps and Wacom, there are no other non-Apple apps or browsers. I have no anti-virus, utilities, social media, games, etc. It's is a dedicated photo editing workstation.

 

I now suspect this is an Adobe issue, perhaps Ventura related.

 

 

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Oct 01, 2023 Oct 01, 2023

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btw... this is not a huge problem, just a minor inconvenience as I need to escape-out of the selection and begin again.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 01, 2023 Oct 01, 2023

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I doubt there's anything in the Ventura Known Issues page, but maybe worth a look through

Photoshop and Ventura | macOS 13 (adobe.com)

 

BTW  I don't include the Polygonal Lasso tool in any of my custom toolbars.  I just use the plain vanilla lasso tool together with the Alt (Opt) key.  AFAIK I am not missing any functionality, so I wonder if you could bypass the issue going the same way?

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 23, 2024 Feb 23, 2024

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I have the same issue.

Macbook Pro

Sonoma

2.3 GHz 8 core Intel

 

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New Here ,
May 03, 2024 May 03, 2024

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I'm having the same issue, the arrow does not allow for precision as you cannot see where the endpoint is. Did you ever resolve the issue? 

 

I am not using:  macOS Sonoma 14.4.1

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May 03, 2024 May 03, 2024

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yup... I experienced the same issue again the other day, so it continues. I wish there were a way to toggle this not-so-smart feature off. Adobe tech... are you out there?????

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