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The Display & Cursors preferences in Photoshop Elements offer options for how certain tool cursors are displayed and how to view the Crop tool when you’re cropping images (see the figure).

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Your Display & Cursors preferences choices are

  • Painting Cursors: Your choices include

    • Standard: Shows a tool icon, such as the Lasso tool or the Brush tool, for when you edit an image.

    • Precise: Changes the tool cursor to a crosshair for precise markings.

    • Normal Brush Tip: Displays a 50 percent tip on a brush for the cursor shape.

    • Full Size Brush Tip: Shows the tool cursor at the full size of a brush tip.

    • Show Crosshair in Brush Tip: Shows the tool cursor with a crosshair inside the tip.

  • Other Cursors: Choose Standard to display an icon of the tool being used or select Precise to display a crosshair for a more precise detail image of the cursor.

  • Crop Tool settings: The following Crop Tool options are found in this section:

    • Use Shield: If you select this option and then use the Crop tool, the inside area defining the crop region shows the photo at the normal appearance, and the area outside the crop region appears with a shield, making it easier to see areas that will be eliminated and areas that will be retained when the photo is cropped.

    • Shield Color: You can change the color of the Crop tool shield by making choices in the drop-down color palette.

    • Opacity: The shield is semitransparent by default. You can change the opacity of the shield to make it more opaque or transparent by editing the text box or choosing options from the drop-down list.

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