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Pen tool defaulting to "combine shapes"

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Aug 07, 2022 Aug 07, 2022

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Hello, I was wonder what would cause the Pen Tool to default to the "Combine Shapes" option in the Path operation? Whenever I use my Pen Tool, I need to have it set at "Exclude Overlapping Shapes" but something is causing it to always set back at "Combine Shapes". I am operating on a Windows machine.

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Aug 07, 2022 Aug 07, 2022

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Have you changed the setting before starting the Path? 

 

What have you done for all-purpose trouble-shooting so far? 

Restoring Preferences after making sure all customized presets like Actions, Patterns, Brushes etc. have been saved might be a good starting point:

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/basic-trouble-shooting-steps.html

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Community Beginner ,
May 01, 2024 May 01, 2024

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What I found that works: 

1. Create document

2. Select pen tool

3. Select "Exclude Overlapping Shapes" from "Path Operations" menu (Do this before you start drawing!) 

4. Draw your shapes

5. Make your selection (after selecting all shapes)

 

For me this works, and is "sticky" (doesn't reset)… Good luck!

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