Photoshop Pen Tool Should Function exactly like Illustrator

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Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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I've been using Photoshop and Illustrator since version 2 - not CS2 but 2. 

 

The recent updates to Photoshop have further destroyed functionality of the Pen Tool. Why does it not work exactly like Illustrator? In illustrator if you want to add a point, just click down on the path between two points, you'll see the (+) and a point is inserted. If you want to remove one, simply click on a point and you'll see the (–) and it will be removed.

Photoshop 22.3.1 is not showing the paths between points if you first create a new path with the [+] in the paths panel like I've been doing for over 25 years. It seems like a bug. In any case, a workaround is to make sure no paths are selected, then create a path. A new paths work path will be created and you can rename and continue drawing on the new path layer as always.

 

DEV - Please fix the pen tool in Photoshop - make the options EXACTLY the same as illustrator - there's no need for all of these various Pen tool options, and adding extra tools that have no real functionality is not a help - it's a hindrance.

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021
This is a known bug and has been reported to Adobe. The workaround for now is keep a Work Path with at least one point, then your named paths will work. ~ Jane

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This is a known bug and has been reported to Adobe. The workaround for now is keep a Work Path with at least one point, then your named paths will work.

~ Jane

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@TSeric wrote:

-make the options EXACTLY the same as illustrator


 

Aside from the current bug, there have always been differences between the Pen tool in PS and AI, including:

  • whether you get a corner point or smooth point when you add a point
  • if you need the Option (Alt) key to remove a direction line
  • if the direction line stays or gets chopped off when you connect to a path
  • the shape of the icon when you connect one path to another

 

I think there are more. If the Pen tool is made to work the same way in both applications, one group of users will be furious!

 


DEV - Please fix the pen tool in Photoshop 

 

We are not the developers. This is a user forum and we are volunteers. You can leave comments for the developers here:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/

 

~ Jane

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