Cut out pen tool issue

New Here ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Am trying to cut out an item in Photoshop and when I go to use the pen tool and begin the path instead of getting a joined up line I just get separate anchor point and no path is being created. I tthink I've hit something by accident as a couple of days ago it was working fine. Any advice much apprecaited!

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021
Maintain a Work Path then working on named Paths should work. 

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Explorer ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Hiya,

 

You could try ressting your tool pen. Please see attached as to how.

 

Let me know how you get on!

 

Rob

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Maintain a Work Path then working on named Paths should work. 

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Thanks so much - just did that and worked! So simple but couldn't for the life of me work out what I was doing wrong - VERY much appreciated!

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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The reset or named path pal?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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It is an acknowledged bug, but c.pfaffenbichlers workaround gets around it nicely whilst Adobe work on their resolution

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Apr 07, 2021 Apr 07, 2021

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This is not a solution if you have more than one path and you need it on a differnt layer though.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 07, 2021 Apr 07, 2021

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»This is not a solution if you have more than one path and you need it on a differnt layer though.«

What is the problem iin that situation? 

I can have multiple named Paths, Vector Masks and a Work Path. 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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Hi, I have the same issue. As long as you create a working path with the pen tool, you'll be able to create as many "working" paths as you want, but the moment you save it you no longer can add or modify it because you will only get points with no connection between them. Also, you get the same issue if you create a new empty path with the "create new path" button AND THEN start to create the path: only unconnected points.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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And again: Maintain a Work Path then you can work on as many named Paths as you like (with the limitation of the number of Paths in general). 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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Yes, I know the workaround, it is also in my former explanation of the problem, but I'd like to get it fixed because the fact that I cannot edit a previously named path is a big limitation for my workflow.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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Your statement 

»but the moment you save it you no longer can add or modify it«

seems to be incorrect. (edited)

As long as a Work Path exists you can modify the named Paths. 

 

bugReportPenToolUnconnectedPathPoints4.gif

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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I'm sorry, I wrote it in a bad way: I mean, you can modify it, but you cannot ADD another path to the existing named path, you just get unconnected points.

 

 

ezgif-3-31bb23820521 (1).gif

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Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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That is not true. 

Just MAINTAIN a Work Path. 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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I give up 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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Please see the gif I just posted. 

Obviously one can edit and add subPathItems to existing named Paths when one maintains a Work Path. 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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Ok, I got it with the last gif, thanx. That is quite gimmicky...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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Sorry, I had just missed your last post, seem to have been pretty close. 

Screenshot 2021-04-08 at 13.01.38.png

 

And I guess »gimmicky« is not a bad description … but the important thing is that a work-around exists that makes rolling back to 22.2.x unnecessary (for me at least). 

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bugReportPenToolUnconnectedPathPoints5.gif

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 08, 2021 Apr 08, 2021

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Thank you that worked for me. Hate the way Adobe make updates and the don't test for these glitches before launching. Very frustrating in a busy studio. Hopefully they rectify this on the next fix.

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