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Pen Tool Invert Problem

New Here ,
Sep 24, 2017 Sep 24, 2017

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Updated my Photoshop & now whenever I use my pen tool to make selection

It will only allow my to fill in the outside of my selection

I just want to be able to make a selection and color inside of it

Please help !!

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Community Expert , Sep 24, 2017 Sep 24, 2017

When using Pen tool take a look at Options bar. From Path operations drop-down you should have New Layer (Shapes) or Combine Shapes (Path) selected. In parenthesis I have added tool mode which is available from the first drop down list in the options bar where you can choose to draw: Shape, Path or Pixels.

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New Here ,
Sep 24, 2017 Sep 24, 2017

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My Selection has the object selected as  "Inverse"

I can press Ctrl Shift I to fix my problem

But how to I change that preset back to how it originally was?

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Community Expert ,
Sep 24, 2017 Sep 24, 2017

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When using Pen tool take a look at Options bar. From Path operations drop-down you should have New Layer (Shapes) or Combine Shapes (Path) selected. In parenthesis I have added tool mode which is available from the first drop down list in the options bar where you can choose to draw: Shape, Path or Pixels.

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Explorer ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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What if that option isn't available (grayed out)?

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Community Expert ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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Which option exactly? Perhaps you do not have drawing tool active. Can you screenshot drop down with Layers panel also visible?

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Explorer ,
Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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Community Expert ,
Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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You have set Path drawing mode that's why New Layer is not available option. Option New Layer will be available with Shape drawing mode where Photoshop will automatically create new layer for you.

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Explorer ,
Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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I'm not looking to make a shape. I use the Pen tool when cutting something out of a photo. I've always used Path mode and never had this issue before the October update...among other ridiculous issues such as scaling transformations and Wacom tablet connectivity issues.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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Do you state that New Layer was available option before October update? Even if it was available, what is the purpose to have that option available when drawing path?

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New Here ,
Apr 25, 2020 Apr 25, 2020

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It is very useful when you are doing cutouts. Now everytime I use the pen I have to invert everything I select. It doesnt make sense why photoshop changed the tool.

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New Here ,
Jul 12, 2020 Jul 12, 2020

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When using Path mode, New Layer is greyed out, so you have to select "Combine shapes" instead. I was having the same issue and just fixed doing this.

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New Here ,
Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020

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New Here ,
Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020

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This setting solves it!

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Engaged ,
Sep 25, 2021 Sep 25, 2021

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Thanks @gabrielaf72918799 

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New Here ,
Oct 16, 2021 Oct 16, 2021

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This fixed it Thanks

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New Here ,
Apr 26, 2022 Apr 26, 2022

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THANKS! 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 29, 2022 Mar 29, 2022

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Thanks! It really is a minor inconvenience that has been bugging me for months

 

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New Here ,
Mar 27, 2020 Mar 27, 2020

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I have the exact same Problem with Photoshop CS4

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2022 Jan 12, 2022

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I bey you're using laptop or keyboard that has a "fn" or Function Button. Try to press it, together with "+" (fn+). Pressing "-" or "+"  will invert the make selection tool. Hope this can help. God Bless

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2022 Jan 12, 2022

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bet*

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New Here ,
Jan 24, 2023 Jan 24, 2023

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Yes! Fn with + was the ticket. Thank you, Arvin.

 

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New Here ,
Feb 04, 2022 Feb 04, 2022

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Thank you very much for your help.

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New Here ,
Feb 04, 2022 Feb 04, 2022

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I just reset my pen tool and it fixed the problem, reverting back to original selection without have to invert your selection after creating a path. Hope this helps!

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