Disappearing Photoshop cursors

I’ve had a problem for some time now: my cursors in Photoshop CS3 on OS X are invisible. I’ve no idea why, or how it happened, but it’s really awkward when you can’t see where your mask is going to start, or where you text cursor is going to blink into being.

The solution

After a lot of Googling I came across another person (maybe called Mark, from detective work in his Flickr stream) with a similar problem, which started me off to find a solution. So far the only way I’ve found of solving this is (and this is OS X specific):

  1. Quit Photoshop
  2. In Finder, Go to Folder: ~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CS3 Settings/
  3. Delete, or move to another folder temporarily, this file:Adobe Photoshop CS3 Prefs.psp
  4. Restart Photoshop and (hopefully) breathe a sigh of relief…

There must be a better way of doing it, and I still don’t know what triggered the problem, but at least the cursors are back. Cursors! I kiss you!

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  1. Simply if you find your cursor inexplicably changes from brush shape to cross hairs or vice versa, it means you probably accidentaly tapped the caps lock key.Toggle caps lock key.

  2. Hi Hashim… this was very different. The cursors actually completely disappeared, they didn’t just change… good tip though, thank you.

  3. Hashim – you’re awesome – and I’m dumb X} But I accidentally hit caps lock [and I’ve done it before] and I didn’t know that’s what made my cursor disappear! Thanks – you saved me from the headache :}

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