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782 Points

Thu, Mar 31, 2011 6:09 AM

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Photoshop: Please let us change the Pen tool path size and color

Sometimes the whole "shades of grey" thing just doesn't cut it, and becomes very hard to follow.

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Champion

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1.6K Messages

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28K Points

3 years ago

FYI everyone, the latest release of Ps CC2018 now has path color and thickness options!

129 Messages

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3.2K Points

10 years ago

Last time I complained about this I just got excuses about how it's Apple's fault (why CS5 path visibility is worse than all previous versions). This is a good way to improve it if we are stuck with the poor blending modes of Cocoa.

Champion

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882 Messages

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19.2K Points

Hi David. I think that what you got was an honest explanation, not excuses: from what I gathered, the blending mode used in the carbon versions of Photoshop was not available in Cocoa when CS5 was written... So do we need to wait for Apple to add that blending mode in their Cocoa API's in order to get the previous useful behavior (as I guess Photoshop engineers have filed the absence of said blending mode as a bug). There was a new release from XCode, let's hope that it will brought it...

15.1K Messages

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195.8K Points

Yes, that is the correct explanation -- also OpenGL is lacking similar blend modes. We've been trying to figure out ways around that lack, but none have been satisfactory yet.

2 Messages

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110 Points

I came looking for a way to change the path color also. I take product pictures and sometimes it's very difficult to see where the path line is in order to adjust a curve especially. Seems it would be a simple thing to be able to choose the (path) pen tool, right click (as it brush, clone or many other tools) and instead of a size or shape option, choose a different color. Problem solved.

43 Messages

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1K Points

Yes, please, please, please find a solution to this. I photograph a lot of plumbing parts which have a lot of tones that match the color of the paths made with the pen tool. Give us the ability to show it in the opposite color it is over top of, maybe, or just a color of choice, or, let us pick a color and in some areas it displays the opposite of that color, something. I'm glad to see there are so many others wanting this.

3 Messages

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86 Points

I 100% agree.  It's too hard to see the paths on many of my images as well.  Please let us pick our own color or have the path reverse out some way.

Adobe Administrator

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14.8K Messages

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285.2K Points

10 years ago

Kris, good request. I think this is something we should investigate improving. The ability to change the color could also help users who have trouble seeing certain colors (color blindness) as well.

I would look at this at this topic to improve the visibility of Paths and Guides in Photoshop CS5:

It's hard to see the paths/lines that are drawn using the pen tool in Photoshop CS5.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

Champion

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882 Messages

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19.2K Points

Jeffrey, while similar to that topic, this one might open other possibilities: having a color attribute for each path might be useful in some cases. I could see Bert Monroy using it a lot to differentiate picture elements.

11 Messages

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184 Points

If you draw a path on a channel, having the ability to toggle between black and white would be a big help.

154 Messages

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2.6K Points

10 years ago

even with antialias paths off it is still really hard to see paths and brush cursers too. please get it back like it was before in CS3. the way the path would alternate depending on the bkgd was great.

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195.8K Points

10 years ago

As explained above, we cannot go back to the way it was in CS3 because the blend modes we used are not available in OpenGL, or in the Cocoa API for MacOS.

56 Messages

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1.8K Points

9 years ago

An excellent suggestion Kris!

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136 Points

9 years ago

For many years now we have had the ability to change the color of layers in Illustrator, this is very helpful when make a new path or editing an old one to be able to change the color of the path. Many times I am battling the color of the image with the color of the path in photoshop because gray just blends in with the image. The solution right now is to add an adjustment layer to the image and put and extreme adjustment on it so that the path is more easily viewable. Please make the paths color an adjustable option like Illustrator in photoshop this would be greatly appreciated.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Changing path color adjustably options.

11 Messages

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214 Points

9 years ago

Amen! I have been wishing for this function for years! In a commercial photography environment, much of what we shoot is a silo, so the subject is photographed on gray. I have a difficult time seeing the pen tool at a 50% gray tone. I would think that if we can change the transparency checker-board color that with a newer release would allow the tool color to change. When using the healing brush this occurs too, but then I turn my brush into a "precise brush" (cross-hair) by setting the caps lock.

4 Messages

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136 Points

9 years ago

Why is this such a difficult thing for the programers to do? We have layers in Indesign and you can change the layer color. We have layers in Illustrator and you can change the color. Then we have photoshop it has layers channels paths but none of it has a option to assign a color choice but you can assign a color identifier for actions. I can only hope that one day the light goes on for the adobe gurus that this is a valid and important need.

56 Messages

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1.8K Points

9 years ago

I agree 100%! It is virtually impossible to see the path line drawn on top of 50% neutral gray and similar shades since CS4 introduction of the thinner, finer path line indicator.
The option to change the color or thickness of the path line seems the right thing to do. Adobe?

1 Message

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80 Points

9 years ago

I just came up with a workaround that helps me. Make a duplicate of the layer you are working on clipping, apply a gradient color overlay using light gray, set the opacity to be able to see the item being clipped. The light gray overlay helps the path to pop out.
Suzette

3 Messages

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94 Points

I like the cut of your Jib Suzette!

1 Message

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84 Points

9 years ago

I use work paths a lot in Photoshop at my job. Unfortunately, in CS5, the color of the work path is 50% gray. The problem is that the background is the same color in the photos I take. It would be great if you could adjust the color of the work path much as you control the color of paths on different layers in illustrator. The work path is very hard to see against a background that is nearly the same color. Thanks.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can you change the color of a work path in Photoshop?.

9 Messages

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218 Points

9 years ago

Absolutely agree. Letting us change the work path to a color would make life so much easier when cutting out gray products on a neutral background.

173 Messages

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3.8K Points

9 years ago

Please do this, guys.

BTW, Adobe, good work on implementing so many other feature requests thus far.

3 Messages

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150 Points

8 years ago

I am sure someone already mentioned but why not bring those features from Illustrator to Photoshop. Make the color of the guides and path the same color as the layer property.

It sounds easy to bring that functionality since it already exists in AI, but I am probably wrong and it's a huge issue.

I would love that!