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

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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Mentor , 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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New Here ,
Oct 08, 2015 Oct 08, 2015

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That's a decent fix if you are using the path as a selection tool but not so much if you are using it as a drawing tool since you can't just stroke path, move path, stroke path, etc.

And if this is fundamentally a mac problem I shouldn't have to deal with their BS because I'm smart enough to not buy their machines.

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New Here ,
Oct 08, 2015 Oct 08, 2015

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Does anyone know if you can change path color in Corel Paint?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 08, 2015 Oct 08, 2015

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You are off topic. This is a forum relating to a Photoshop issue. Your Corel Paint question should be something you ask people on a forum specificly for Corel. I mean really who even uses Corel for photo editing? That program is a joke and its files are a real pain to deal with in the printing industry.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 09, 2015 Oct 09, 2015

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All about Pen Tool for special and custom shapes. You can draw the path at your end easily. http://www.photoshophelps.com/2015/08...

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LEGEND ,
Feb 20, 2016 Feb 20, 2016

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you're a genius, thanks

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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2016 Feb 22, 2016

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This really needs to be a configurable property. I should be able to adjust colour or brightness maybe for paths. I should not have to waste time with workarounds. I'm finding paths extremely difficult to work with in their current state. It is really bad that this has remained unfixed for so long, but unfortunately is very much typical of Adobe.

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New Here ,
Apr 27, 2016 Apr 27, 2016

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I use Photoshop professionaly for 7 years. I would love to see some new adjustments.
 1- Possibility do change de color of the selection with the pen tool. If you have grey background you can ́t see the line.
2- On the new path blur, have de possibility of copy and paste a path, and on spin blur also. Thanks

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LEGEND ,
May 21, 2016 May 21, 2016

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Adobe doesn't care. 7 years of complaints on the same issue, no change. And wasn't going to the subscription model supposed to mean faster fixes??? Ha ha ha on all you customers. THEY DO NOT CARE.

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Community Beginner ,
May 21, 2016 May 21, 2016

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Interesting Comment. I have been using Photoshop since the first version came on the market. Postscript printers was only an idea. Adobe had big ideas and invested time and money to give customer what they wanted. They cared back then. I have to admit I agree with you. Adobe does not care about you now. They do what they need to so the money will keep pouring in. But they have pissed a lot of users off with the rent forever and never own your software. I have doubled down on quite a few new software programs that will replace my need for Adobe products. Such as Affinity Photo. its very close to what photoshop can do. For must users has all they will need. On1 Photo 10 is great and gets better with each version. So we as users still have options. Maybe one day Adobe will wake up. But me, I will have moved on by then and will not be looking back.

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Community Expert ,
May 22, 2016 May 22, 2016

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Adobe doesn't care.
Adobe, the corporation, does not so much care about any of its customers’ wishes but about getting money; but I think Adobe employees do care – maybe not all of them and naturally not all to the same extent, but I am convinced that 
• none of them want to be connected to bad software – and not only to avoid embarrassment in possible future job interviews 
• given the choice between doing good work and bad work they prefer the first 
• many are users of the software themselves (rant: though with some teams’ members it seems difficult to imagine and I am not thinking of Photoshop in this case) and therefore benefit from improvements themselves 
• they do not want to be thought of badly 
• ... 

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Engaged ,
May 22, 2016 May 22, 2016

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It's not that Adobe doesn't care but they are in a position to be lazy and complacent.

There's nothing for them to really strive for now other than getting new, non-professional customers. With no competition there's no need to advance. They seem to have made a choice to relegate their pro customers to a lower priority and go after temporary, casual users and trends.

All industries have some form of competition except this one. Companies need competition, some call-to-action requiring them to engage in critical and creative thinking otherwise innovation and initiative dry up. If it's not about making their customers more happy with their products then it's simply to win sales from the competition. But either of these reasons require listening to and truly appreciating customer feedback and implementing useful features that aren't decreed from a marketing team.

Then there's the whole subscription software thing, another reason for them to lack any initiative. There used to have to be compelling reasons for people to buy upgrades, it had to be worth the cost. Now, why bother? Why compete against yourself? The subscription software model compounded by a lack of competition means Adobe becomes apathetic and stagnant. Anyone could have seen this coming.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016

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Its a sample graphic for what I understand; I like the idea of adding weight to the path besides color as well!

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LEGEND ,
Nov 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016

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Yes, please, please, please find a solution to this. I photograph a lot of plumbing parts which have a lot of tones that match the color of the paths made with the pen tool. Give us the ability to show it in the opposite color it is over top of, maybe, or just a color of choice, or, let us pick a color and in some areas it displays the opposite of that color, something. I'm glad to see there are so many others wanting this.

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Participant ,
Dec 09, 2016 Dec 09, 2016

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Still no solution to this?  After Effects and Illustrator both have the ability to change path colour - why is it so hard to implement in Photoshop?

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New Here ,
Feb 08, 2017 Feb 08, 2017

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Six years after this has been requested, and still no suitable upgrade for one of the core tools in Photoshop. Incredibly disappointing.

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Explorer ,
Feb 08, 2017 Feb 08, 2017

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There are so many small usability requests that would immediately help are large portion of PS professional retouchers but so little is done. I honestly cannot recall any big improvement over the last few years - other than incrementally getting the UI slightly back to a more usable state.

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New Here ,
Feb 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017

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I 100% agree.  It's too hard to see the paths on many of my images as well.  Please let us pick our own color or have the path reverse out some way.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 10, 2017 Mar 10, 2017

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Wow amazing,  7 years and still no solution.

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017

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I'm not sure if I'm saying the same thing, but my preference is to have the Pen tool default to a line only (no stroke color or fill.  If I'm just outlining a path around the object, I don't need a stroke color.  It's a pain to have to shut off the color to none every time I choose the pen tool.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017

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> but my preference is to have the Pen tool default to a line only (no stroke color or fill.  If I'm just outlining a path around the object, I don't need a stroke color.  It's a pain to have to shut off the color to none every time I choose the pen tool.>

I'm not sure what you're saying exactly, but you don't have to shut off the color (no stroke, no fill), when using the Pen tool. You do know you can select Path from the Options bar? It's a sticky setting, so if you later select Shape, you're back to the Pen tool always trying to draw a shape. But Path only uses the bare path.

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017

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Cristen, Thank you. I hadn't seen the choice of shape vs. path.  Not that I know this, it will make my life a lot easier.  You rock.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 26, 2017 Mar 26, 2017

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Glad I could help.

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Explorer ,
Mar 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017

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Can we just finally say that the move to CC subscription has pretty much brought development and JDI fixes to a halt in PS compared to the pre subscription model. I recall many of us were worried that the CC model would stifle incentive to add new features and fix or improve others - now that certainly seems to be the case.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017

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I recall many of us were worried that the CC model would stifle incentive to add new features and fix or improve others - now that certainly seems to be the case.
As much as I consider the exclusive Cloud License model a regrettable decision by Adobe I don’t think your observation is quite accurate. 
For example while I do not consider Face-Aware Liquify of great benefit to me personally it looks like some nifty programming. 
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html

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Explorer ,
Mar 27, 2017 Mar 27, 2017

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Quite a lot of new features - that are questionable or useless to many photographers and photo retouchers. And no I do not consider most Adobe "magic" or "smart" or "aware-this" to actually work in for professional demands. Making the path readable with a user defined color stroke (like it was pre CS5) or (my #1 need) adding more grid lines and save and load mesh to warping would really help a lot of retouchers.

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