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Accidently hit a hot key using the pen tool and now its not working the way it was.

Explorer ,
Apr 03, 2024 Apr 03, 2024

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I have always used the pen tool as a qucik selection tool, just click a point (no little pen point box would appear) click another point and the line would look like a selection, I would continue till I had my shape around what I was trying to select. Then I hit delete and whatever I selected would then be deleted. Well, I can't do that anymore. I have tried reseting the tool, trying the other pen tools, I know I can go to the "paths window" and select the "selection" icon at the bottom but that still doesnt fix what happened. I normally use beta and tried to do this in the regular Ps, still no luck, I have scoured the interent and havent had ANY luck finding exactly what I was looking for. I think I hit control and P at the same time when I was working with it by accident and now I cant undo it. Please any help would be appreciated! Im trying to find a video of what it used to do to give you a better idea of what Im looking for, Ill post it once I find it. Thank you all! 

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Apr 03, 2024 Apr 03, 2024

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in the future, to find the best place to post your message, use the list here, https://community.adobe.com/

p.s. i don't think the adobe website, and forums in particular, are easy to navigate, so don't spend a lot of time searching that forum list. do your best and we'll move the post (like this one has already been moved) if it helps you get responses.



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Apr 03, 2024 Apr 03, 2024

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Posting a video is necessary because this explanation is not clear to me. You cannot delete a part of the image as described; the path must be converted to a selection first, as it does not happen automatically.

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Apr 03, 2024 Apr 03, 2024

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Sounds like you have the Pen tool set to Shape in the Options bar.

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Something else, that does not fit what you describe, but can be a gotcha all the same, is hitting P when the pen tool is already selected, and finding you have the Content Aware Tracing tool selected.  I try to remove shortcuts for seldom used tools.  For instance, I know for certain sure, that hitting B gives me the plain vanilla brush.  If I want the other options, I have to use the mouse.  For some reason I have not got round to removing the shortcut from the CATT, so I sometimes get irritated when the Pen tool acts up.

 

BTW  If you have not seen the CATT, you have to enable it in Preferences > Tech Previews.

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