Pen Tool drawing only anchor points and no path.

Enthusiast ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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Just like the subject line says, I've run into what looks like a serious bug in Photoshop 22.3.0. When I try to draw a path using the Pen Tool no path is displayed at all when it is drawn. The anchor points are the only thing showing up visible. I've rebooted my computer system and that hasn't fixed the issue. This glitch makes the Pen Tool worthless while the bug persists.

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Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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Follow up post: I launched a new document and tried the pen tool there. It worked properly. Then I went back to my previous layout and it started working properly there too. Edit: the behavior is intermittent. Sometimes the paths will draw properly. But then it goes back to not drawing paths at all. When I zoom in tight the buggy behavior returns.

Another observation: If I start drawing a fresh "work path" it will draw out properly. But if I double click on the Work Path in the Paths Palette to "save" it any new paths being drawn lay down without any paths, just anchor points. This is definitely a bug.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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Hi @Bobby Henderson 

This bug has been reported to Adobe. You can add your comments to the feedback forum where the product developers will see them:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/conversations/photoshop/photoshop-2230-pen-tool-not-working-as-it-sho...

The workaround is to create a work path and name it, or return to 22.2 using the CC app.

~ Jane

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Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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I'm sort of glad to find I'm not the only one running into the issue. Hopefully the development team will have a fix released soon. For now, I guess I have to leave a dummy Work Path present in the paths palette to get other named/saved paths to behave properly.

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Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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You're welcome, @Bobby Henderson. We are hoping it is fixed in the next patch.

~ Jane

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Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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I have noticed the same issue recently. I find that restarting Photoshop usually helps. It certainly is a frustrating bug.

 

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Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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It seems that Adobe would test their products more thoroughly before release and update, but I suppose it's more profitable to use the free Beta testers (aka the paid subscribers) to locate any issues.

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Having the same issue. Already wasted 2 hours on it. Please fix.

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Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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I was hoping the maintenance update Adobe released yesterday would address the problem. Unfortunately it has not. It seems the only easy workaround is making sure a Work Path is present in the Paths Palette in addition to any other named paths there.

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May 04, 2021 May 04, 2021

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May 4 2021 and I'm having the same issue...

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