Change color of spot healing brush cursor

Community Beginner ,
May 03, 2017 May 03, 2017

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I have been literally been going blind trying to use the Spot Heeling Brush on gray backgrounds. I can't see the cursor! Is there some way of changing the cursor color… possibly to bright red?  This problem is particularly pronounced when trying to remove artifacts affecting images of the sky in old black-and-white photos.  I'm using Photoshop CS6.

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Adobe Community Professional , May 04, 2017 May 04, 2017
Hi JackThanks for your thanks - please would you be so kind as to mark my earlier reply as "helpful". it's thanks that make the world go round ';~}As you do not have the option to alter the cursor colour, why not change the image temporarily whilst you get rid of the faults?How about this, add a  temporary "adjustment layer" to your original image that needs to be retouched, using that layer, adjust the tone or perhaps even add colour - your cursor will show now. next finish the retouch and disc...

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May 03, 2017 May 03, 2017

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Is this a question about Photoshop or Photoshop Elements?

You've posted to the Premiere Elements forum.

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I couldn't find a discussion group for Photoshop CS6, although the problem also likely affects Elements.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 03, 2017 May 03, 2017

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jackm4630927  wrote

I couldn't find a discussion group for Photoshop CS6, although the problem also likely affects Elements.

This forum covers all versions of the full Photoshop app all the way back when it was first released. 

Are you asking about seeing the cursor outline against tones around the 50% grey value?  I will say that the cursor is more apparent in this screen shot, than it looked in Photoshop.

As you know, cursors and paths automatically show as black up to 50% grey, and white beyond 50% grey, and with a one pixel thickness.  I can imagine that can be a problem on high def displays.  With paths one trick is to add a lay and fill it with black, and set the layer's opacity to 50%.  This forces a white cursor that shows quite well — especially against busy backgrounds.

What I am not so clear about is that once you touch down with the healing brush you can see the extent of your brush strokes, so I might be missing the point.  If you still need help, perhaps you can paste a screen shot here to demonstrate.

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Place a 15 px spot healing brush cursor in the grey area identified by the white line -  it will nearly disappear.  Working on such images (this is part of a restored WWII photo) for hours at a time causes significant eye strain.  A colored cursor (e.g. red) would be much appreciated.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 04, 2017 May 04, 2017

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Hi Jack

Thanks for your thanks - please would you be so kind as to mark my earlier reply as "helpful". it's thanks that make the world go round ';~}

As you do not have the option to alter the cursor colour, why not change the image temporarily whilst you get rid of the faults?

How about this, add a  temporary "adjustment layer" to your original image that needs to be retouched, using that layer, adjust the tone or perhaps even add colour - your cursor will show now. next finish the retouch and discard the temporary adjustment layer.

I hope this helps

if so, please do mark my reply as "helpful" and if you're OK now, please mark it as "correct" below, so others who have similar issues can see the solution

thanks

neil barstow, colourmanagement

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Apr 17, 2020 Apr 17, 2020

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I have the same problem but your answer is not satisfactory because in my case and as with all photo retouchers, we need to work on black and white images. This problem appeared when I changed my computer and my screen with the new version of Photoshop. I think this is a pixel size problem of the cursor on 4K screens ... We really have to find a solution because this problem affects a lot of people. Thank you.

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Hi Jackm

does this help at all, I fear it's all that's available in options, but may not offer all the options you'd like?:

Work with Cursors Options

  1. Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, point to Preferences, and then click Cursors.
  2. Select the Painting Cursors options you want to use: Standard. ...
  3. Select the Other Cursors options you want to use: Standard. ...
  4. Click OK. Click to view larger image.

I hope this helps

if so, please do mark my reply as "helpful" and if you're OK now, please mark it as "correct" below, so others who have similar issues can see the solution

thanks

neil barstow, colourmanagement

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Community Beginner ,
May 03, 2017 May 03, 2017

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Well the spot healing brush does standout using your suggestion, but it's difficult to judge brush size with this cursor.  Being able to change cursor color would solve the problem, but apparently it's not an option in Photoshop.  Thanks for your help!

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 03, 2017 Nov 03, 2017

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Any word on this problem getting fixed? Any brush using a "Normal Brush Tip" in the PS Preferences, is virtually impossible to see on a 50% gray. That's a lot of neutral colored backgrounds, metals, etc. that professionals are trying to clean up. You guys fixed the pen tool with the latest PS 19.0. Thanks. Can't you help us with the brushes? We can't see what we're doing. Thanks.

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Participant ,
Apr 07, 2018 Apr 07, 2018

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Been working on a lot of B&W images here this week and having this same trouble, the healing brush nearly impossible to see. After 15 minutes my eyes are buggy. Having the ability to make the outline of the brush red or cyan would be a very simple fix.

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2018 Apr 07, 2018

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Add adjustment layer temporary till neccery

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Participant ,
Jun 19, 2018 Jun 19, 2018

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That's what I've been doing. It does work, but is not ideal. We can change the color of all the guides, why not tool outlines too? Seems like a much better fix than having to work through a color filter all day.

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New Here ,
Jul 30, 2018 Jul 30, 2018

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We really do need the option to change the color of the cursor, especially the healing brush tool. Thanks for the other ideas, they are helpful, but we really need to be able to change the cursor color when working with monochrome images.

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New Here ,
Nov 18, 2018 Nov 18, 2018

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+1

I work only on B&W photos and it's a PITA dealing with the healing brush. Please allow us to change its color, or at least be able to switch to - say - solid red. Likewise for other tools (e.g., lasso).

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Community Beginner ,
May 27, 2019 May 27, 2019

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I had a meeting with Adobe staff years ago about possible improvements to solve this very problem and they were, to put it mildly, unconcerned in the extreme about this problem. It left me feeling that they don't use their app for hours a day the way we do. I even suggested to them what I thought would be a wonderfully useful addition which is for them to have the cursor change to a contrasting color as it moves over an image. The stamp and healing tools both desperately need this. And yes, at this point, just being able to configure a color would be an enormous help.

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Participant ,
Apr 22, 2019 Apr 22, 2019

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I sadly am suffering from this too. My eyes are now degrading by the day, I cannot believe Adobe has not allowed the simplest setting to allow users to control their cursor, size, outline and color. This issue is present in all 3 versions I have installed 2015, 2017 and 2019. So many new versions all the time, updates all the time but seldom do I ever see anything that's really new or useful.

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Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2019 May 14, 2019

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i have this problem too.

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New Here ,
Sep 28, 2019 Sep 28, 2019

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Select spot healing tool. Hover over grey area where cursor is not visible. Press and hold space bar (do not click!). Cursor changes to hand and is easily visible. Move it to where you want. Release space bar then click to perform spot healing function.

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Oct 10, 2020 Oct 10, 2020

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Adobe doesn't seem to care about these little issues that would help us out so much.  That's very sad!!

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New Here ,
Jan 11, 2021 Jan 11, 2021

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All of the responses to this problem are unacceptable. Surely Adobe, the premier program, can do something as simple as making the cursor visible when working in black and white which I do often. This is inexcusable and lazy on Adobe's part. Get on the ball folks!

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New Here ,
Feb 28, 2021 Feb 28, 2021

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How can Photoshop propose such a smart function and totally spoil it stupidly with somethig so easy to fix (choose a color for the spot healing brush). Some guy there in Photoshop labs should be f... should go take some vacations.

 

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Its now May 2021 and I am running the latest version Photoshop (Adobe Photoshop Version: 22.3.0). Like many of the posts, I work a lot in black and white and have real trouble with the grey/white colour of the cursor. Has anyone found an option to chage it's colour yet?

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