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Sat, Apr 9, 2011 5:16 AM

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Photoshop: Ability to delete multiple paths

Why can't you delete more than one path at a time? You can do this with Channels and layers... the path palette hasn't changed in ages.

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123 Messages

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7 years ago

This should now be possible in Photoshop CC with the new multi-path selection capabilities.

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394 Points

9 years ago

And I want to be able to make groups in paths and alpha channels!
and a scroll in path.

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9 years ago

Should also be able to delete Paths via the Save dialog, like we can for Alpha Channels and Layers.

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This is a great idea!

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9 years ago

An excellent point Joshua. Many versions ago, Photoshop allowed multiple path deletion and other very useful operations like combining paths by simply 'dragging' their icons in Path Palate on top of each other etc...

I agree, Adobe should look into this.

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Photoshop has never supported multiple path selection, and thus couldn't support multiple path deletion. I think you're thinking of another application.

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9 years ago

Chris, thank you for your response.

You are correct. I got so much used to the the option of selecting multiple items on Layer and Channel palates, I for a moment 'blended' my recollection with the reality.

I have been a professional Photoshop user since 2.0 (1991) and some of my memories are easily fogged by the number of tremendous improvements that happened to this program since that single layer program.

Yes, that is correct, there was no multiple Path deletion option in previous versions, however - for several releases there was certain flexibility in Paths operations that did not carry to the latest versions.

- paths could be simply combined by dragging their icons on top of each other

- parts of a path could be transformed from one Path to another the same way

- and I believe to create a new path in a path palate - Working Path could be dragged from the Work area directly onto the Paths palate..

There was more, but I can't remember now. I recall I was displeased that the consequent version discontinued this great flexibility and there was virtually no way to communicate the frustration. Then we did not have such a great way to communicate with the Adobe Photoshop developers team as we thankfully have today.

I am sorry for confusing the readers here and thanks to Chris for correcting me. I appreciate your feedback.

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Sorry it was just a correction, but I was trying to figure out if this was really lost functionality or not. As it is, just selecting multiple paths at a time will require a lot of changes to the application code.

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Chris, are you saying this is too hard for Adobe to accomplish? I've seen you guys pull off bigger tasks over the years. ;) Seriously though, everybody in the prepress industry would THANK you for adding this functionality. Dragging 20+ paths to the trash one at a time isn't fun. It really kills productivity.

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Where did I say it was too hard?

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; ) To me, somebody at adobe saying that it requires a lot of changes to the application code sounds like a difficult task. That is why i Photoshop for a living! it is much easier! haha...

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"a lot of changes" == it'll take me more than an hour. :-)

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9 years ago

Coincidentally i ran into an example today of why this feature would be very useful. I had to delete all these paths one by one....
See the image:

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Thank you for the example. That makes it much easier to explain to managers.

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310 Points

yes, i've got the same issue ... deleting one by one is wasting production time.

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254 Points

Me too! I'm doing the same kind of work as Josh W. It's probably my single most biggest gripe about PS.

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If I'd have that many paths to delete, I'd write a script for it.
Something like this:

//remove all paths except clipping path

for (var p = 0; thecopy.pathItems.length > p ; ) {
if (thecopy.pathItems[p].kind == PathKind.CLIPPINGPATH) {
p++
}
else {
thecopy.pathItems[p].remove()
}

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9 years ago

This may help just a tiny bit - it is the fastest way to delete multiple paths I was able to come up with:

You are gonna need two hands to do this.

I highlight the top most path in Paths Palate and keep my mouse in that exact position. Then using my other hand, I hit 'delete' on my keyboard.

As the top most path is deleted the rest of paths 'move up', so the next path appears right where I left my mouse. So without needing to repositioning my mouse again, I simply click and hit delete, click - delete, click - delete ....

It's quick, give it a try ;)

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It's only a one line script:-
activeDocument.pathItems.removeAll();

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9 years ago

I think David Jensen should chime in with a fabulous script to do this elegantly. David? Is this possible?

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please... no scripts.. those are just band-aids.... we need it implemented into the application.

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agreed

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Many of Photoshop's "built-in" features are scripts... even a couple of features not in the scripts menu.

You can't change the GUI of an existing panel with a script.. Deleting all paths is trivial, though. And a modal dialog that lets you select a bunch of paths at once is possible, too.

Seems like some are worried that Adobe will will delay surgery if I provide a band-aid. :P

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I'd love a band-aid, if you'd be so kind.

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I think a delete all paths item would be great, too but a work-around that I have often used is to do a Select-All, then Edit Copy Merged, then create a NEW Document which will automatically have the same size and resolution of the original. Then do an Edit Past into the new document, Flatten and you're ready to print or send off minus all the paths and/or Alpha Channels.

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9 years ago

Hi There-
There's a script to delete all paths at once.

You can find it here!

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That's also in this thread too :-)

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9 years ago

There are also options for deleting all paths and alphas, and a bunch more bells and whistles in Paul's Picture Processor Script here, which is great for batching-

http://www.scriptsrus.talktalk.net/

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254 Points

Which script on this site is the "delete all paths" script? I read through all of them and there didn't appear to be anything for deleting paths.

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330 Points

9 years ago

JDI suggestion: I would like to be able to select and delete multiple paths and alpha channels.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Click, Delete, Click, Delete, Click, Delete, Click, Delete, Click, Delete, Click, Delete....

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You can currently delete more than one Alpha channel at a time in Photoshop CS5.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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I just stumbled across this topic, beware the indiscriminate nature of the following script:

// Remove paths, alphas, layer comps, color samplers & guides
// https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1959150
// https://forums.adobe.com/message/7998834#7998834
#target photoshop
var doc = app.activeDocument;
 
// supress dialog windows
displayDialogs = DialogModes.NO
 
// delete ALL paths, including PathKinds of WORKPATH, NORMALPATH, CLIPPINGPATH & VECTORMASK
doc.pathItems.removeAll();
// delete ALL alphas, including SPOT CHANNELS
doc.channels.removeAll();
 
// delete layercomps
doc.layerComps.removeAll();
 
// delete color samplers
doc.colorSamplers.removeAll();
// delete guides
doc.guides.removeAll();
 

I’m not sure how to exclude SPOT CHANNELS or VECTOR MASKS or CLIPPING MASKS...

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310 Points

9 years ago

Hello Adobe,

I've got ideas, how to do better Paths control in PS CS6.


1) Path folder.

If there is lots of the Paths, it would be easier to control it with Folders ...


2) Clear Path.

It would be easy way to delete all of Paths in the file, and it will by helpful when run Automate / Batch


what are you thinking about?

See my Idea mockup:




This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Path Folder and Clear Path.

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254 Points

8 years ago

I've been waiting for years, decades, eons, to be able to DELETE SELECTED PATHS in one click as you can with layers and finally now, channels as well. Does no one else have an issue with this? I sometimes have 15 to 20 paths which have to be deleted every time I send the client an updated file ( 5 to 10 versions) and "control/click/delete each one at a time cursing under my breath and feeling like I'm back in the 90's. I had a third party action that worked OK for awhile but lost it a few upgrades ago. But why should I have to get a third party app to do such a stupid, basic thing that PS should have been able to do years ago. I was so hopeful when I tried CS6 beta thinking someone at Adobe must have finally added this long over due feature—but no.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
DELETE SELECTED PATHS in one delicious click.

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Thanks for moving me into this thread!

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8 years ago

I had hoped that we'd be able to add this for CS6.

As Paul points out, the workaround is a one line script to delete all paths:

activeDocument.pathItems.removeAll();

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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8 years ago

I can't believe there was so little improvement on the Pen tool and Paths panel with the JDI initiative in CS6. It has been almost a decade since I have seen any change with the Pen tool. I have been asking for Path improvements with every Beta testing session.

I have figured out dozens of work arounds but it is frustrating and time consuming. For example, i have been making Vector masks on blank layers (or sometimes color layers) so i can see what i am doing, and so i can organize all my paths into folders, and transform them together, delete them all, etc...

I should be able to do that stuff in the Paths Panel.

Additionally, when you have so many paths that you can't expand your paths panel anymore, and you click on a path, it is very hard to de-activiate it (there is nowhere to click off the path).

Please please please Adobe... realize that nearly every professional retoucher (especially car retouchers) will create a path before using some of the selection tools. The pen tool needs to grow up!