Skip to main content
Adobe Photoshop Family

33 Messages

 • 

780 Points

Thu, Jun 20, 2013 9:12 PM

Solved

Photoshop CC: Pressing +/- to change path drawing mode does not work with Pen Tool

In previous versions of Photoshop you could press the + or - keys to change the path mode for the shape you're about to draw to "combine" or "subtract". This still works with the standard shape tools (rectangle, ellipse, etc), but not with the Pen Tool. Pressing the keys either does nothing or changes the currently selected shape to combine/subtract.

Responses

Official Solution

Adobe Administrator

 • 

15K Messages

 • 

287.5K Points

5 years ago

This should be fixed in the Photoshop CC (2015) update.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

33 Messages

 • 

780 Points

Can confirm. Thanks!

33 Messages

 • 

780 Points

Wait... Am I dreaming or can you now no longer change the path mode of existing shapes with the +/- keys with the Path Selection Tool?

Adobe Administrator

 • 

15K Messages

 • 

287.5K Points

I'm not able to reproduce this. Maybe I'm not understanding the problem. Could you make a screen cap of what you're seeing when it works, and what you're seeing when it doesn't? That may help us troubleshoot.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

40 Messages

 • 

1.6K Points

Confirmed that we fixed one thing, and broke another. +/- with Shape and Pen tools selected works fine in CC 2015, but no longer works with the Path/Direct Select (White/black arrows) selected. We are investigating a fix for this issue now. Thanks for your help in clarifying this issue!

125 Messages

 • 

2.5K Points

This was actually working for me in CC 2014: with a path selected, I could change the operation with the - = keys, but the indicator in the tool bar would not reflect the change.

In 2015, the toolbar icon changes, but the path operation does not. You can change the operation for the NEXT path component you create, but not the one currently selected.

Is this how it used to be? I can't even remember.

Employee

 • 

102 Messages

 • 

3K Points

7 years ago

We are aware of this issue as well as the inability to set the path operation from the flyout with the pen tool prior to path creation. Sorry for any problems this issue is causing.

33 Messages

 • 

780 Points

7 years ago

You're probably aware of this, but just to make sure: As far as I can tell this hasn't been fixed in CC 14.1.

125 Messages

 • 

2.5K Points

7 years ago

This is especially frustrating since changing via mouse is now a two-click procedure. I wouldn't have thought that space in the tool bar is at such a premium that path operations needed a drop-down. Especially while this shortcut is still broken.

Lots of unexplained lateral moves in CC's vector tools...

125 Messages

 • 

2.5K Points

7 years ago

Still broken in 14.2.1...

Adobe Administrator

 • 

15K Messages

 • 

287.5K Points

6 years ago

This should be fixed in CC 14.2.2 or later.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

33 Messages

 • 

780 Points

6 years ago

Thanks Jeffrey. I'm running 14.2.2 and still experience the exact same issue though.

Adobe Administrator

 • 

15K Messages

 • 

287.5K Points

What about in 2014.2.2?

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

33 Messages

 • 

780 Points

Sorry, that's what I meant. I'm running 2014.2.2.

Adobe Administrator

 • 

15K Messages

 • 

287.5K Points

Strange. OK. I'll work with QE team.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging