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The Missing 3dsmax Brush Cursor

Have you ever had your Hair and Fur tool brush disappear in 3dsmax? What about the Poly Shift tool? Has that ever gone missing on you?  It was there one minute, but now it's gone.  

I've had this happen a few times.  For me it first started with the Hair and Fur modifier, but it's true of the Poly Shift tool also.  I'd be distorting some mesh and then I go off and do some other stuff. I come back and my circle cursor is gone.  Im in the tool mode, but I don't see my cursor brush?!  Anywhere!  Shit, Must be the graphics card right?  Maybe restart 3dsmax.  Load the file again.  Go to tool brush mode.  Fuck! It's still missing, whats wrong, maybe I should reboot, maybe I ran out of memory? Is it file related....STOP!

The Problem

 Nothing is wrong with your machine. Don't reinstall anything or update your graphics drivers.  Just first check your layer manager.  If the "current" layer (The checked one) is hidden, then the brush cursor is hidden inside this hidden layer.  Simply unhide the layer and try the tool again.  Most likely the hidden layer was the problem.  If it's not, sorry, I can't help.  Keep Googling.

  I love seeing how many people have found my post on fixing the corrupted 3dsmax menu file so I hope people will find this post helpful too.

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Reader Comments (3)

Awesome tip! Thanks!

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

Thanks for taking the time to put up this post. This used to happen to me all the time and I never knew the cause of it


December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEoin Cannon

THANK YOU! Finally this stupid problem solved:)

August 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTony

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