I don't use the Color Sampler Tool much, but In checking something for another thread, I noticed the cursor now seems inconsistent with the cursors of the other tools.
Basically, I expected it to drop the sampler on the little crosshair, and it dropped it instead at the end of the dropper.
This used to make sense, and it's still consistent with the Eyedropper cursor (and with prior versions of Photoshop). But I find that now I've gotten used to the other new cursors, most of which now define the hot spot at the upper-left, it didn't do what was expected.
I guess there's not really a good solution for this, other than to just get used to it.
Seems like the icon is just a minor design flaw, although I presume they were aiming for consistency between the Color Sampler Tool and the Eyedropper Tool.
A quick observation however: If you zoom into the maximum magnification with the Pixel Grid turned on, the entire tool (eyedropper + crosshair) fits into a single pixel. Since the tool seems to designed to select very precise areas of color, you would probably be sampling from either large areas of solid color, or zooming into a particular pixel.
You make a valid point though!
That's kind of the point, R_Kelly.
Adobe changed the behavior of SOME of the cursors in Ps CS6 to have the hot spot at the upper left, but they specifically DIDN'T change the one for the samplers. The ones that work that way have something functional-looking at the upper-left of the cursor.
I used to always just know that the end of the dropper was where the action was going to be. NOW, since so many of the cursors have a shape and that extra little tool at the upper-left, it triggered the expectation that in this case the "thing" at the upper-left was where the action was going to be.
Here are some examples:
Does not Cap Lock give you the precise cursor. Nole the eyedroppers hot spots have always been the tip of the dropper please let Adobe leave them there. Yes Adobe did change some of the cursors hot spots in CS6 so one has to not adapt the those new added pointers the color sampler cursor icon symbol has not changed and there is little or no room to add and additional arrow pointer to it. Perhaps when we all have retina displays and Adobe get around to creating icons for its resolution Adobe can make larger icons and make room for the arrow pointer for you. Change is not always needed. Adobe eyedropper tools are consistent to the way one uses eyedroppers in every day life. Like the real McCoy virtual eyedroppers should not have external cross hair and arrow sites. You have precise cursors for when you want to take direct aim JJ::)
In my opinion Adobe got it right in CS6 some things do work. Don't give Adobe new thing to do leave them time to fix bugs anyway they are not doing to well now a days with new stuff.
Pierre, I'm not fond of the Feedback website, to be totally honest with you. As far as I'm concerned, here's good enough.
JJ, Yes, thanks, the precise cursor does do the job. I have no problem with using it, nor with re-learning where the Sampler Tool drops Samplers.
I just brought this up because it is a very subtle usability issue, and not really a problem - as I mentioned it's just something to get used to - but my thinking is this:
1. Someone at Adobe planned a project to change the cursors to be more precise. Clearly they did this on purpose, and spent time and money to do it. I'm sure their intent wasn't to make the entire toolset less well-integrated as a whole.
2. They made some decisions about which cursors to change, and apparently the Sampler cursor was left as is (not surprising, given a focus on the one tool itself). But when taken as a whole, after using the other tools (more likely to be used more often), a user's (mindless) expectation is that this one should work consistently with the others. Maybe not all users, but after I've gotten used to CS6 it bit me, and I have known for a lot of decades how to use the eyedropper cursors.
I'm just trying to help Adobe make the product better.
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