Can't flip paths if there's only a background layer

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Edit > Transform Path > Flip Horizontal/Vertical is grayed out if there aren't multiple layers in your document. In order to flip a path, you have to create an empty layer, flip your path, and then delete the empty layer. Please fix this unnecessary restriction.
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Kris Hunt

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eartho

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works fine for me... not sure why it isn't working for you.
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Chris Cox

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Which version of Photoshop are you using?
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Kris Hunt

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I'm using CC 2015, but it happens in all recent versions. This is not a new issue. As long as there is at least one non-background layer, the menu item is available.

Here are some screenshots. Show a counterexample if you think it's just me.



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Whoops, I should say "As long as a non-background layer is selected, the menu item is available." The menu item is grayed out on a multi-layer document if the background layer is selected.
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i see... that's the first time i've observed someone try to flip a path that way. Usually cmd-t and then a right-click is how most do it. When i try it your way though, i get the same results as you... If you lock the layer, the options are greyed out too, so i can see why the background layer would behave the same. But in neither of those situations should the options be unavailable since the path is independent of the layer... weird.
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I have the command tied to F7, so my way takes one step (when it works); yours takes four (Command-T, right click, click on Flip Horizontal, hit Enter). Interesting, though, that it works your way on the Background layer.