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P: Properties panel not showing Shape Properties anymore (old bug is back?)

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Explorer ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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I upgraded to PS 2022 (v23.0.0) and it looks like an old bug has resurfaced.

 

Expected behavior: When I click a Shape, the Properties panel should show the Shape Properties options, with things like Fill, Stroke, corner radius, etc. (Basically the same options as what appears in the top bar.)

 

What's happening: Some shapes will show the Masks options in the Properties panel instead of the Shape Properties options. No Fill, Stroke, etc, just Density and Feather. (I've verified that they are shapes, with the square-with-corners icon in the Layers panel.)

 

To reproduce: Create text object. Right-click its layer, select "Convert to Shape". Non-converted shapes (rectangles, ellipses) seem to work correctly. I've done this thousands of times in PS 2021 and 2020, and it always worked correctly.

 

Is anyone else having this issue? I know this bug existed for a year or two when they first introduced the Properties panel, so it's unfortunate to see it resurface again.

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Adobe Employee , Nov 14, 2021 Nov 14, 2021
From engineering: "This is expected behavior. When the text is converted to shape, it remains non-live shape. To convert it into live custom shape, so that the W/H/Fill/Stroke and other properties are visible in properties panel, go to Edit > Define custom shape. This will save his shape as custom shape which is live in nature. This shape is available in the Window menu > Shapes panel."

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Explorer ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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I am having a lot of these problems too, and more with synching presets across Adobe platforms. I think this new "ecosystem" has not done a good job of cleaning itself up! Maybe a lot of flaws and bugs are showing this problem. I am going back to 2021.

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Nov 03, 2021 Nov 03, 2021

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I were able to reproduce it. Shaped text shows Destiny and Feather sliders in Properties panel, while Shape created from scratch by Rectangle Tool the same properties we can see on Options bar (with RT chosen).

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 07, 2021 Nov 07, 2021

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Strange. I'm not seeing a version of Photoshop that ever displayed anything in properties other than Density and Feather for text converted to a shape. I'm not sure if this is a bug or design decision. I've asked the team.

 


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From engineering: "This is expected behavior. When the text is converted to shape, it remains non-live shape. To convert it into live custom shape, so that the W/H/Fill/Stroke and other properties are visible in properties panel, go to Edit > Define custom shape. This will save his shape as custom shape which is live in nature. This shape is available in the Window menu > Shapes panel."


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Actually...  if the goal is to create a Custom Shape based on a Text Layer, this "correct answer" is missing something.

 

The Define Custom Shape menu option is based on a Path, as such a Work Path needs to be created from the Text Layer before choosing Edit > Define Custom Shape.  To do this, right-click the Text Layer and choose "Create Work Path" from the pop-up list.  While the Work Path is still active, choose Edit > Define Custom Shape.  (Optional:  Name the Work Path in the Paths panel to match the Text Layer name.)  In the Shape Name dialog box, give the Custom Shape a Name and click OK.  The Custom Shape now appears at the bottom of the Shapes panel.  Drag and drop from the Shape panel to the document to complete creating a Shape Layer based on a Text Layer.  With Snap enabled (View > Snap), the user can align the Custom Shape to the Text Layer with the Move Tool.  That, or load the transparency of the Text Layer and use the Align controls available under the Controls of the Move Tool.

 

 

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