START UP WITH PHOTOSHOP [English/German] - Chapter 1: Preferences Part 5: Cursors

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Hello and welcome to chapter 1 part 5 of my new series START UP WITH PHOTOSHOP.
In today's video we'll be looking at Photoshop's preferences again, especially the submenu “Cursors†. I'll be explaining every single option of the “Cursors†submenu and give advices. Let's start.
On a Mac you get to the preferences with the shortcut Cmd K or by clicking the menu Photoshop > Preferences. On a Windows PC you get to the preferences with the shortcut Ctrl K or by clicking the menu Edit > Preferences. Now you choose the submenu “Cursorsâ€
First of all I want to say that there are no ideal settings for the submenu "Cursors". Each User should set the functions and display of the cursors the way he or she is personally able to work with best. I'll just give you advices tips and tricks why I choose the setting as follows. For users who work a lot with painting cursors the "Cursors" options are of special importance.
Let's go chronologically through the settings. We'll start with the options box "Painting Cursors". The tools in the second section of your tools palette count to the "Painting Cursors". These are the tools from the "Spot Healing Brush Tool" group to the group of the "Dodge Tool".Here you have the choice between four different possibilities to set your cursor. For the last two options you can choose a special option. In the preview box in the top section of the "Painting Cursors" options box you can see how the Brush tip changes if you change the settings. The first option "Standard" has the effect that your tool will be displayed with it's standard icon like you can already see it in the tools palette. That means if you use for example the brush tool the brush symbol from the tools palette Will be displayed instead of the renowned circle. A brush. Another Example is the Erase Tool. The same happens with that. Instead of the circular brush tip the eraser's symbol from the tools palette appears. That rule counts for every tool from the "Painting Cursors" section but the Gradient Tool it'll be displayed as a precise crosshair as before.
The second option has the effect that all "Painting Cursors" will be displayed as a precise crosshair. Here the only exception is the "Paint Bucket Tool". It'll be displayed as a normal Bucket as before.
The next option "Normal Brush Tip" is set as a the standard and has the effect that the cursor looks like probably most Photoshop users know it. As a circle.
Some users might not know what the the next option "Full Size Brush Tip" means. I'll show it with an example what happens if you activate it. At the moment I have still set the option "Normal Brush Tip". If I choose for example the "Brush Tool", choose a Master Diameter of 100px, turn the Hardness down and click on my document one can see that the color circle is bigger than the brush tip. This happens if you turn down the brush's hardness a lot or turn it off. If the brush is not hard the radius of the painted color gets bigger and I'll show that to you while activating the option "Full Size Brush Tip". As you can see the Master Diameter is still 100px and the Hardness is 0%. Now memorize the size of the brush tip. If I turn the hardness to 100% one can see that the brush tip gets smaller. Now you can see what I told you some seconds before. A soft brush creates a bigger radius than a hard one. And this is what the option "Full Size Brush Tip" is able to display. Different to the "Normal Brush Tip" option this option displays the actual size of the color. If I paint a dot now with the Hardness turned down to 0% one can see that the color doesn't jut out the brush tip.
Moreover you can choose a special option for the last 2 options that's called "Show Crosshair in Brush Tip". It only has the effect that a crosshair is displayed in the center of the circular brush tip. I recommend not to activate this option 'cause it's not really necessary for your work. Furthermore I choose in the "Painting Cursors" options box the option "Normal Brush Tip" because the "Standard" and the "Precise" are unprofitable in my opinion 'cause they don't show you the actual size of your brush. Also I do not choose the option "Full Size Brush Tip" because this option actually is not necessary in CS4 and that's because of the next options box we come to the "Brush Preview".
I'll show you what the "Brush Preview" actually is. We still have a Master Diameter of 100px and a hardness of 0%. If you press Ctrl Alt on a Macintosh or Alt "rightclick" on a Windows PC you get to the "Brush Preview" which shows you exactly what size the color will have. Moreover you can change the size of the brush tip by dragging the cursor to the left or right while holding the buttons on your keyboard. If you click Command besides Alt and Control on a Mac or click Shift Alt "rightclick" on a Windows PC you can also change the hardness of you brush by dragging your cursor to the left or right and the "Brush Preview" instantly displays it. A pretty nice feature in my opinion. In the "Brush Preview" Preferences you can just change the Preview color by clicking on the colored area.
Let's go to the last options box "Other Cursors". The 4 last tools of the first section of you tools palette count to the "Other Cursors". These go from the cursors of the Lasso group to the cursors of the Eyedropper group. Here you can choose between "Standard" or "Precise". I personally prefer to set it to "Standard" because if I really need the crosshair of the "Precise" option anytime I can just tap the Caps-Lock Button to activate it. With another tap on the Caps-Lock Button I can deactivate the crosshair again.
Alright guys. This has been chapter 1 part 5 of my new series START UP WITH PHOTOSHOP. I hope I was able to help you and show you something new again. In the future there will be a video not belonging to the START UP WITH PHOTOSHOP series about how I create the designs for my channel. Because there were a lot of requests if I can explain it or just create one for the asking channel. Because I don't have enough time to create one for everyone who asks I'll just make a video. That does not mean that I won't create designs for other channels anymore but I just don't have enough time to do it for everyone. Then I want to say a huge THANK YOU to Geoffrey of the Channel CommetorioDE who put me in his ranking of his "Channels of the Month" what I didn't expected and who promotes my channel in his channel recommendations. I know him for quite a long time and he is one of the nicest and most likeable persons I've ever met in my life. You really should go and check out his Channel. If there's someone on YouTube who deserves it to have YOU as his subscriber and YOU watching his videos it is him. (He also has an English Channel named Commentorio). Alright that's it for today's video. I hope we'll see each other in chapter 1 part 6 again where we'll be looking at the options for "Transparency & Gamut" and "Units & Rulers". Tell me what you think about my videos. Comment and rate them. I am reading ALL the submitted comments and as you know I also answer about 95% of them. If there's something you don't like please tell me too. So that I can try to make it better next time. Alright guys enough talking see you next time. Take care.