P: Please let us change the Pen tool path size and color

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LEGEND ,
Mar 30, 2011 Mar 30, 2011

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Sometimes the whole "shades of grey" thing just doesn't cut it, and becomes very hard to follow.

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Guide , Oct 18, 2017 Oct 18, 2017
FYI everyone, the latest release of Ps CC2018 now has path color and thickness options!

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Contributor ,
Mar 30, 2011 Mar 30, 2011

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Last time I complained about this I just got excuses about how it's Apple's fault (why CS5 path visibility is worse than all previous versions). This is a good way to improve it if we are stuck with the poor blending modes of Cocoa.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 31, 2011 Mar 31, 2011

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Hi David. I think that what you got was an honest explanation, not excuses: from what I gathered, the blending mode used in the carbon versions of Photoshop was not available in Cocoa when CS5 was written... So do we need to wait for Apple to add that blending mode in their Cocoa API's in order to get the previous useful behavior (as I guess Photoshop engineers have filed the absence of said blending mode as a bug). There was a new release from XCode, let's hope that it will brought it...

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 31, 2011 Mar 31, 2011

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Kris, good request. I think this is something we should investigate improving. The ability to change the color could also help users who have trouble seeing certain colors (color blindness) as well.

I would look at this at this topic to improve the visibility of Paths and Guides in Photoshop CS5:

It's hard to see the paths/lines that are drawn using the pen tool in Photoshop CS5.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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LEGEND ,
Mar 31, 2011 Mar 31, 2011

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Yes, that is the correct explanation -- also OpenGL is lacking similar blend modes. We've been trying to figure out ways around that lack, but none have been satisfactory yet.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 31, 2011 Mar 31, 2011

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Jeffrey, while similar to that topic, this one might open other possibilities: having a color attribute for each path might be useful in some cases. I could see Bert Monroy using it a lot to differentiate picture elements.

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Explorer ,
Apr 17, 2011 Apr 17, 2011

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even with antialias paths off it is still really hard to see paths and brush cursers too. please get it back like it was before in CS3. the way the path would alternate depending on the bkgd was great.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 17, 2011 Apr 17, 2011

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As explained above, we cannot go back to the way it was in CS3 because the blend modes we used are not available in OpenGL, or in the Cocoa API for MacOS.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 01, 2011 Jun 01, 2011

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An excellent suggestion Kris!

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2011 Jun 19, 2011

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For many years now we have had the ability to change the color of layers in Illustrator, this is very helpful when make a new path or editing an old one to be able to change the color of the path. Many times I am battling the color of the image with the color of the path in photoshop because gray just blends in with the image. The solution right now is to add an adjustment layer to the image and put and extreme adjustment on it so that the path is more easily viewable. Please make the paths color an adjustable option like Illustrator in photoshop this would be greatly appreciated.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 24, 2011 Jun 24, 2011

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Amen! I have been wishing for this function for years! In a commercial photography environment, much of what we shoot is a silo, so the subject is photographed on gray. I have a difficult time seeing the pen tool at a 50% gray tone. I would think that if we can change the transparency checker-board color that with a newer release would allow the tool color to change. When using the healing brush this occurs too, but then I turn my brush into a "precise brush" (cross-hair) by setting the caps lock.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 24, 2011 Jun 24, 2011

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Why is this such a difficult thing for the programers to do? We have layers in Indesign and you can change the layer color. We have layers in Illustrator and you can change the color. Then we have photoshop it has layers channels paths but none of it has a option to assign a color choice but you can assign a color identifier for actions. I can only hope that one day the light goes on for the adobe gurus that this is a valid and important need.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 24, 2011 Jun 24, 2011

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I agree 100%! It is virtually impossible to see the path line drawn on top of 50% neutral gray and similar shades since CS4 introduction of the thinner, finer path line indicator.
The option to change the color or thickness of the path line seems the right thing to do. Adobe?

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LEGEND ,
Nov 04, 2011 Nov 04, 2011

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I just came up with a workaround that helps me. Make a duplicate of the layer you are working on clipping, apply a gradient color overlay using light gray, set the opacity to be able to see the item being clipped. The light gray overlay helps the path to pop out.
Suzette

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LEGEND ,
Dec 02, 2011 Dec 02, 2011

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I use work paths a lot in Photoshop at my job. Unfortunately, in CS5, the color of the work path is 50% gray. The problem is that the background is the same color in the photos I take. It would be great if you could adjust the color of the work path much as you control the color of paths on different layers in illustrator. The work path is very hard to see against a background that is nearly the same color. Thanks.

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Explorer ,
Jan 20, 2012 Jan 20, 2012

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Absolutely agree. Letting us change the work path to a color would make life so much easier when cutting out gray products on a neutral background.

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New Here ,
Apr 10, 2012 Apr 10, 2012

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If you draw a path on a channel, having the ability to toggle between black and white would be a big help.

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Engaged ,
Apr 13, 2012 Apr 13, 2012

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Please do this, guys.

BTW, Adobe, good work on implementing so many other feature requests thus far.

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New Here ,
Apr 23, 2012 Apr 23, 2012

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I am sure someone already mentioned but why not bring those features from Illustrator to Photoshop. Make the color of the guides and path the same color as the layer property.

It sounds easy to bring that functionality since it already exists in AI, but I am probably wrong and it's a huge issue.

I would love that!

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LEGEND ,
Jun 06, 2012 Jun 06, 2012

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In Photoshop CS6, you should be able to change the color and width of the pen tool, because it is so hard to see the path line when making clipping paths around a light gray object.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 04, 2012 Jul 04, 2012

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Ok, I understand the blending modes issue. But that's still assuming the path should be grey. If the user was allowed to set the color of the path to any HSL value, the blending mode wouldn't be as much of a barrier. If I could set my path color to 100% black, I'm guessing it would be much more visible.

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Participant ,
Jul 04, 2012 Jul 04, 2012

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I can't believe there was so little improvement on the Pen tool and Paths panel with the JDI initiative in CS6. It has been almost a decade since I have seen any change with the Pen tool. I have been asking for Path improvements with every Beta testing session.

I have figured out dozens of work arounds but it is frustrating and time consuming. For example, i have been making Vector masks so i can see what i am doing, and so i can organize all my paths into folders, and transform them together, etc...

I should be able to do that stuff in the Paths Panel.

Additionally, when you have so many paths that you can't expand your paths panel anymore, and you click on a path, it is very hard to de-activiate it (there is nowhere to click off the path).

Please please please Adobe... realize that nearly every professional retoucher (especially car retouchers) will create a path before using some of the selections tools. The pen tool needs to grow up!

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New Here ,
Aug 21, 2012 Aug 21, 2012

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I use the pen tool a lot and this is a great feature request!

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Explorer ,
Sep 17, 2012 Sep 17, 2012

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I like the cut of your Jib Suzette!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2013 Jan 23, 2013

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I am sure this is not a new idea and may have been requested in the past and it has to do with the Pen Tool. I have been using Photoshop for years and currently and using CS6 Extended and just love the program and the only gripe, if you will, I have is with the line/path that the Pen Tool creates when used. It has become increasingly difficult to see this line/path as it has become so very fine and almost blends in with the colors I am trying to work around. I would love to see the ability to either change the color of the line/path being created or the ability to increase the size of the line/path. The size of the Pen Tool cursor is and never has been an issue but the line/path is. On the newer high resolution screens, such as the Retina Displays, this problem seems to be even more pronounced. Do not know how difficult it would be to make something like this happen but I would really like to see you folks at Adobe look into it and I am sure that many others besides myself would be extremely happy. Thanks

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New Here ,
Apr 11, 2013 Apr 11, 2013

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Clarification; picking each branch is difficult so a tool that could approximate a branch with some settings for width, curve, node shapes or whatever and that you could drag out multiple branches before creating the selection is what I mean. I guess this could also be a 'loop pen' tool.

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