Specifying Tool Cursors_

The default cursors that accompany a tool can be very handy for identifying the tool that you are using, but from a practical point of view, they present a problem because you cannot do any precise work with them. Fortunately, you can choose between five types of cursors for the painting tools and two for the other tools, and the place to choose them is once again the Preferences dialog box.

You probably know the drill for accessing the Preferences dialog box, but here are the keyboard shortcuts for good measure: Ctrl+K (Windows), (Mac OS). When you have the dialog box open (Figure 2-36), select Display & Cursors from the pop-up menu at the top of the dialog box. Next, under Painting Cursors, select Normal Brush Tip or Full Size Brush Tip and then Precise under Other Cursors. Click the OK button for the changes to take effect.

Figure 2-36: The Display & Cursors screen of the Preferences dialog box. Here you can select cursors for painting and other tools.

TIP If you select Normal Brush Tip or Full Size Brush Tip for the Painting Cursors, you can have the best of both worlds: When you use the painting tools, you can press the Caps Lock key to change the cursor temporarily to a precise cursor. Just remember to take the Caps Lock off!

NOTE When you choose Normal Brush Tip or Full Size Brush Tip for Painting Cursors and use a very large brush tip (anything over 2000 or 1212 pixels, respectively), cursors may not display a true brush size and instead revert to displaying Precise cursors.

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