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Unable to duplicate Work Path layer in Path Panel

Community Beginner ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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I can no longer duplicate the Work Path layer in the Path Panel.

I can't Alt/Opt+Drag to duplicate the Work Path layer in the Path Panel.

I can't duplicate using the Path Panel menu, as the option is "greyed" out.

 

The issue began with version 22.4.0, it continues with 22.4.1.

 

Alt/Opt+Drag to duplicate the Work Path layer was a quick and easy way to preserve that Path as new Path Layer in the Path Panel. The absence of this is really hurting my workflow.

 

My current work around is to 1.) Select the Line Segment/Anchor Points in the Document/Canvas window, and copy it. 2.) "Create new path" layer in the Path Panel 3.) Paste the Copied Line Segment/Anchor Points in the new Path layer.

 

Has anyone else had this issue--or able to confirm they can recreate this problem? I'm not sure if the recent update caused this or if I altered a setting or preference that's triggered this issue.

 

Additional Info: Version of Photoshop used is 22.4.1, Computer used is Mac Mini (2018), macOS Mojave 10.14.6

 

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Adobe Community Professional , May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021
Try choosing Save Path and then Duplicate Path should be available.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021
Also. it's just Alt-drag on Windows or Option-drag on macOS. Edit paths  https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/editing-paths.html Then scroll down to Duplicate Paths.

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May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Try choosing Save Path and then Duplicate Path should be available.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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I appreciate the advice. While this works, I still feel like I'm in 'work-around' territory.

What I'm really itching to get back is the Alt/Opt+Drag method of creating a new path from the Work Path. It was a lightning-fast way of accomplishing this.


I would really like to determine if the feature was inadvertently removed, or if I'm just having an issue on my end. Is the ability to Alt/Opt+Drag still achievable on your end? 

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Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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A Work Path is just that, a path to use while you're actively working on something.  Until you save it as a Path, there isn't anything to make a duplicate of.

 

 

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Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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Also. it's just Alt-drag on Windows or Option-drag on macOS.

 

 

Edit paths 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/editing-paths.html

 

Then scroll down to Duplicate Paths.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2021 Jun 02, 2021

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This issue isn't completely resolved. I understand what you're saying, and do appreciate the follow-up.

 

Let me rephrase the problem. I used to be able to take my cursor over to the Paths Palette and Opt-Drag on the Work Path, this would save it as a new path. I previously said "duplicate" but I'll correctly phrase this as "save" the work path as a new path.

 

Before 22.4, I could do this--Now I can't. That problem still remains, that problem is not resolved.

 

Attached is a gif clearly illustrating how this functioned before, and now no longer does. 

alt-drag-work-path.gif

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 02, 2021 Jun 02, 2021

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Oh, yeah... I was doing the option drag in the document, not the Paths panel.  I'm not sure why this behavior changed in the Paths panel.  

While doing it in the document works, it inherently does not keep the resulting path in place (it also keeps the duplicate on the Work Path).

 

Hopefully, it's on someone's radar to bring the previous version's results back.  

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2021 Jun 03, 2021

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Thanks for giving the issue a look. I hope it's on their radar to get fixed. It's such a specific thing, so my mileage might vary on getting it back.

 

Incase anyone else is bothered by this, I've cross-posted the issue in the feedback forum here:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/conversations/photoshop/i-can-longer-save-path-using-altoptiondrag-on...

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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Save Path is greayed out for me

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Sep 14, 2021 Sep 14, 2021

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Was expierencing this as well. If you rename the "Work Path" into anything else, you'll be able to hold alt+drag down to duplicate.

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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I too have this problem, and option dragging isnt working for me either

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