Hello. I just got PS and made some change on it the Pen settings and ever since, whenever I make a shape object, the peanut dash thing appears and it is very frustrating trying to turn that off. How do i reset the settings so that the peanut dash is off?
Not sure what you mean by peanut dash but if you want to restore the Pen Tool to it's default settings, right click here and select Reset Tool
You may be referring to the Path line the surrounds the Shape. Tap the Esc key or click in an open area of the Path panel.
In the Tool Setting change from curvature pen tool to the top most setting for the regular pen tool. There is a fly-out menu accessed by the triangle in the bottom right of the tool.
You must have clicked on the Peanut Dash tool preset for the Pen Tool.
To get rid of that set the Shape Stroke Type to a Solid Line.
I'm having the exact same problem. I've got the full Creative Cloud suite now, having used GIMP before, and I'm finding Photoshop incredibly unintuitive to do even basic stuff. Right now, I'm trying to draw a small circle on an image, and apparently the way to do this is use the pen tool and select "shapes". However, the pen tool only has one option in the drop-down box by it, "peanut dash" (whatever that is), and I can't find any other presets. The drop down box that Jeff showed in his post above doesn't appear on mine. Not only that, the pen tool doesn't appear to be a pen at all, since when I try to use it, it simply draws a path (so why isn't it called a path tool, rather than a pen tool?)
Surely it must be possible to have a pen that just acts like a pen and lets you draw either freeform or shapes? I just have no idea where to find it.
The Pen tool in Photoshop draws a path. That path can be set to make a shape, by selecting the option in the options bar. Using the standard pen tool gives great control over the curves but takes a little practice to master. The key thing with paths and shapes is that they remain editable and can be scaled without losing the sharp edges.
Once you have created a path , you can select a brush then stroke the path with that brush by clicking on the icon in the paths panel
There is a freeform pen tool which does the same thing but without the bezier curve controls. Click and hold the pen tool in the toolbar to see the other pen tools.
If you just want to draw freeform pixel lines, then the brush tool is the better option.
Thanks very much for your clear answer, Dave!
I think this is why I'm finding Photoshop so confusing. The path tool is called "pen" and has an option called "shapes" - which just seems very unintuitive.
I can't see any anchor points or lines when I click. Not sure how to get them to show up. I've been working on it for several days.