A Mac OS X Vector Arrow Cursor

Many times when making mockups or design illustrations, I have found myself wanting to include a cursor in the image to show what the user would click on. I have scoured Google Image search too many times, looking for a decent, transparent and preferably scalable vector version of a standard cursor and I never found one that I was quite happy with. The worst part of all of this, is that Mac OS X actually uses vector images for its cursors internally. Some of those cursors are hidden away in a system folder, where they are up for grabs. On OS X 10.7 (Lion) they are here, in all their beautiful vector glory:

Unfortunately, the most important cursor is missing: the arrow. In this discussion on StackOverflow someone pointed out that the “contextualmenu” cursor has an arrow in it that bears striking resemblance to the one used as a regular pointer. All it takes is some cleaning up, and that’s just what I did.

It’s all vector, so it scales beautifully to whatever size you need and it looks best with a bit of drop shadow, like on the original.

Download the Mac OS X Vector Arrow Cursor for your own projects.

15 Responses to “A Mac OS X Vector Arrow Cursor”

  1. justin says:

    thank you!

  2. Thank you VERY much. I must have drawn 40 cursors in my day only to think, “I should just get a solid set I can rely on.” Nothing on the internet.

    I really appreciate you doing this!

  3. RMS says:

    Spasibo! Thank you in russian. ;)

  4. Michael says:

    Its a pdf file not a cursor file how do i make it my cursor?

  5. Michel says:

    @Michael: well, on Mac OS X you already have this cursor (but you can make it bigger in System Preferences if you like). Not sure about other operating systems.

    The intended use for these files is to put them in screenshots, mockups etc. where you need a cursor for illustrative purposes. I’m sure you can also find other uses for them, but I can’t really help you with that :)

  6. Alicia says:

    Thank you very much!!! :)

  7. Erin says:

    Thank you so much—this is exactly what I needed!

  8. David Preece says:

    Another “thanks”! I was just wondering what I have that can edit vectors (with much rubbing of eyes).

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  10. Michal says:

    Thanks a lot!
    You really helped me:)

  11. Pau says:

    looks like the file is down..

  12. Any chance that the file link could be restored? It seems that it doesn’t exist anymore.

  13. Michel says:

    Apologies, it’s back now!

  14. Milo says:

    Is there any way you could make a cursor file for windows that includes this vector mac cursor, I already have the normal mac cursor but im really picky and love the vector one. If you ever have free time and its not too much of a challenge I would deeply appreciate it Thanks :D

  15. Dan says:

    Thanks ! :)