Photoshop: Did pen tool accuracy change with Retina display update today?

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I've been outlining products with the pen tool for the last week, and have grown quite attuned to its behavior. With the 13.0.2 x64 update today, which brought enhancements to Photoshop for Retina screens, I've had a difficult time clicking on control points along paths, especially the handles. It seems like a great deal more precision and accuracy is required to select or move control points.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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What do you have the zoom % at?
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Jeffrey Marshall

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I'm zoomed in as far as possible before pixelization occurs, as I've been doing for years now.

My problem occurs when using the direct selection arrow and attempt to click on a control point or its handles and move them... I miss completely and end up deselecting the path. Since the Photoshop update I really have to concentrate on hitting the control points EXACTLY, so the task of outlining is much less instinctual and therefore much slower.

I'll try to explain the problem a little better:
Let's say before you clicked within a 5 pixel area around a control point and Photoshop would recognize you are selecting that control point... now that 5 pixel area has shrunk to a 2 pixel area, and any click outside of 2 pixels misses the control point. Due to the increased resolution of the retina displays, the tool should accommodate by recognizing any click within a larger area around a control point.

Make sense?
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I experience the same issue—it's hard to click the vector points now. It feels like there was some margin around the point, but now it's gone and you have to click EXACTLY on the point, which is pretty hard, especially using touchpad and especially on retina display.