Photoshop 19; drawing with the pencil tool or eraser tool the cursor has a ring of dots around it making it hard to see the line.

Can this ring of dots be removed in settings?

  • Can you please include a screenshot?
    – Welz
    Commented Oct 28, 2018 at 19:15
  • The "ring of dots" is Adobe's wait cursor. It's telling you to wait.
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 21:17

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Toggle between standard and precise cursor with the Caps Lock key

Tools that have precise cursor capabilities include:

  • Eyedropper

  • Healing brushes

  • Patch Tool

  • Red Eye Brushes

  • Rubber Stamp Dodge

  • Burn and Sponge

If you need to change the cursors from the Preferences:

  • Click Photoshop CC on the menu bar and select Preferences.
  • Click on Cursors in the drop-down menu to open a preferences screen.
  • Select Cursors in the left panel of the preferences screen.
  • Select Precise in the Painting Cursors section and Precise in the Other Cursors section.

The "ring of dots" is Adobe's wait cursor. It's telling you to wait.

.. at least if this is the "ring of dots" you are referring to...

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Wouldn't believe how much trouble I had getting that image :)

  • I know what you're going through, sometimes when I try to force my applications to lag/crash and they don't seem to want to... Only when it hurts me the most.
    – Welz
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 21:57
  • I Just meant that it's a cursor so a screenshot won't capture it... had to actually make a movie to get it.. but yeah when you want to wait.. it seems you don't have to :)
    – Scott
    Commented Oct 30, 2018 at 3:26

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