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P: Can't paste a path, copy/paste path duplicates layer instead

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Participant ,
Feb 24, 2020 Feb 24, 2020

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Platform: Macbook Pro.

I updated to Photoshop 21.1.0 and having path pasting problems.

With an existing PSD file:
I am trying to paste entire paths and path segments into other paths, or into new blank paths, and it is not working. Instead, the shortcut wants to copy/paste a new layer. I can't paste a path. Even if I flatten the PSD and try again.

With a brand new blank flattened file:
No problem.

With a brand new blank PSD file, add new layer, save, close, open and try to copy/paste path:
***PROBLEM!***

With a flattened TIFF:
No problem.

With existing layered TIFF:
Problem.

I work extensively with paths when I retouch and tried to troubleshoot every way I could think of, nothing is working. I even tried to turn on quick mask to see if there was some trick I could use, it did not work. I restarted. That did not help.

This is extremely concerning if I have a complicated path to edit from an existing PSD in my workflow. If I have to create a flattened TIFF for every file I edit a path for, it's ridiculous.

I'm going to rollback the Photoshop update to the previous version.

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Adobe Employee , Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020
Please install the 21.1.1 update that went out this AM. It should address this issue.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 24, 2020 Feb 24, 2020

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Have you tried deselecting the layer before copying the path? If the layer's highlighted in layers palette, Command click on it to deselect.

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Feb 24, 2020 Feb 24, 2020

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Yes, of course. This is a simple thing I have been doing for years almost daily when I edit paths for my clients. 

This is happening even with a flat file that is a PSD. No need to deselect any layer. It will copy the background layer and create a copy of that background layer. But it only happens with an existing PSD or TIFF, not one that you just created. If it is a new PSD, I would close the file, open it again, and the problem continues again with said 2-second old PSD.


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Feb 24, 2020 Feb 24, 2020

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I just rolled back to the previous version and I hope it is an issue other people will notice and speak up about because I don't have time to waste when clients are waiting for images.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 11, 2020 Mar 11, 2020

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Hi Melissa,

I'm experiencing the same issues. I'm also on a Macbook Pro, and it is also a brand new issue that I hadn't had for years on the same device.

Obviously, I started . by purging all preferences from PS and AI. Then restart Macbook.

To be clear:

  1. Problem #1: I can no longer copy-paste a path from PS to AI, but I can copy-drag from PS to AI (AI to PS still works perfectly).
  2. Problem #2: whenever I want to copy-paste a path within Photoshop, it copies the whole layer/folder on which the path is applied.

 When doing so, I am using the Path Selection Tool and it did work perfectly until yesterday.

There's clearly a PS bug, but I cannot see where.

  

Clément

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 11, 2020 Mar 11, 2020

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I reported this the day Photoshop version 21.1 came out and got some reply from Adobe:
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/photoshop-21-1-0-on-catalina-mac?rfm=1&to...

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Mar 11, 2020 Mar 11, 2020

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Does anyone encountered can not copy and paste the path in photoshop lately? And how to settle it? thanks!

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 11, 2020 Mar 11, 2020

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Revert to version 21.0.3

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New Here ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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Erika, I found a workaround that does not require reversion - cmd -x (cut) + undo + paste. This gets the path into the clipboard so it can paste.

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New Here ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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I have the same problem - Select path segment, push cmd-c or menu "copy" and cmd - v (paste) results in pasted layer pixels instead of path segment.

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New Here ,
Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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It should just work the way it did. Select path segment, copy, paste. simple. There's nothing we are doing as users that is causing this.

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Mar 17, 2020 Mar 17, 2020

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Wow, I hope that works for someone else. I'm not taking my chances again and waiting for the next update.

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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Please install the 21.1.1 update that went out this AM. It should address this issue.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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Yes, I was anxious to see if this issue had been addressed, while I was reading through the 21.1.1 update listing 😉

SO GLAD you guys finally corrected it, my workflow was slowed down because of this (ok, just a bit... 😉 )

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Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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Installed and this seems to correct most of the issues. Why won't the "Add/Subtract point tool" react to the traditional shortcuts? It really slows down editing paths to have to point and click on the toolbar!!!

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Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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Thanks for the update. I'm going to hold off updating this for a while. Especially if the "Add/Subtract point tool" is not working quite right. If this doesn't allow me to create and edit paths at my normal speed, I don't want to take the risk.

But at least the copy/paste issue was addressed (which I can't personally confirm because I'm not updating).

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LEGEND ,
Nov 23, 2020 Nov 23, 2020

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Why now can't safe images in Jpeg file ? no Jpeg on the file listing.

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Nov 23, 2020 Nov 23, 2020

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Hello, why can't save to Jpeg file ?

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Nov 23, 2020 Nov 23, 2020

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