Photoshop: Disappearing strokes in paths/shapes

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I updated to the most recent version of Photoshop CC (2015.5). I noticed that the strokes in compound paths/shapes are suddenly disappearing. Sometimes I need to toggle different modes of stroke alignment in Stroke Options for the stroke to appear again.



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iMac 4K Retina
Photoshop CC (2015.5) - Updated June 23, 2016
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I have same problem here.

For me, some shape strokes disappeared after reopen the document.
If I edit the shape the strokes reappeared.
But if I save and reopen the document, they disappeared again.

Here is a sample file with problem: download

iMac 21, Photoshop CC 2015.5
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I've opened the attached file. All the strokes seem to appear for me. All the camera icons have a 1pt stroke on these. The circle around the camera on the left has a 1pt stoke. The second from the left has 1.5pt stroke. The one on the right has a 1pt stroke. Is there any trick to getting any of the strokes to not appear? Do you open it multiple times and they disappear at some point?
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Yes you are seeing the correct design.

I just tried this file on my home iMac. The result is pretty strange. On my office iMac, the strokes disappeared every time. It's consistent.

But on my home iMac, they acted pretty random. Sometimes strokes disappeared upon opening, sometimes not. Edit the path will cause the stroke disappear and reappear randomly. Sometimes the stroke did not represent the path correctly.

I recorded a video about the editing process:
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iMac 27 OS X 10.11.6
Photoshop CC 2015.5.1
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Have also been experiencing this bug

Changing the stroke location; outside, inside, center will make it reappear. On document open, many strokes are missing.

Device:
Photoshop CC 2015.5
Mac Pro (Early 2009)
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I have been having the same problem.

It seems to happen more if i have combined several shapes. The strokes will suddenly disappear.

Occasionally they will reappear if I duplicate the layer or re-apply the stroke but they will usually go again if I try to edit the shape.

This used to work fine before but it seems to have started after the last update. 

Device: iMac on El Capitan, Photoshop CC 2015.5
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The same thing is occurring for me after updating to Photoshop CC 2015.5. Really sucks because I use strokes for a lot of things within designing interfaces. They are a more user-friendly way to apply and change strokes to shape elements than a layer style is.

It seems like it is happening with clusters of shapes in a file, and not individual ones in a group on their own. See the below.

File before saving showing the strokes (I had to work some magic to get them all to reappear).


File after saving, closing, and reopening - Shape Strokes disappear again.



Device: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), Photoshop CC 2015.5
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Same problem... but it is rare in my case. 
I reported this bug on Jun 15, 2016, 5:04 PM with Bug ID - 4164812 and with sample file and screencast video in prerelease testing.

State: Closed
Status: Deferred
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If you open the file and it's missing strokes, does selecting View > 100% show the strokes correctly at 100% (actual pixels)?
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In my case not. I was able to create smart object with bugged strokes and save bugged bitmap in preview, but if you open SO in same zoom level, you will see it correctly.
Sample file: http://sklad.bereza.cz/00-jarda/cokoliv/sample-file%281%29.psd
What i saw: http://sklad.bereza.cz/00-jarda/cokoliv/2016-06-20_095240.png
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No it won't. In my case I need to select the path, move it a couple of pixels with arrow keys then the strokes will reappear.
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Jaroslav, with your file I am able to reproduce something different with rendering between versions. Let me run this by the engineers.
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So... Is my file helpfull? Contains the file data which you need?
Please check also topic  Home › Mainline Builds › r.88 > PS ignores shape stroke 
in another forum.
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Yes. Seems to have the secret sauce to at least reproduce a rendering difference. I've logged a report for our engineers to look into. Thanks!
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Any update to this issue? This is seriously affecting my use-cases with Photoshop, as it also affects generator.

Here is an example file I have that photoshop renders wrongly 100% of the time in my Windows 10 PC:

WRONG                                                CORRECT
          VS         

I have uploaded this PSD to dropbox so anyone can check it out and see if it happens to their setups as well:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/b81uc5yzuawgvsi/Stroke-Issue.psd?dl=0


I'll list below the specs of the computer I'm working on:
CPU: Intel Core i5 6400
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 530
RAM: 16GB DDR3
OS: Windows 10 Home x64 (anniversary build)
Photoshop Version: 2015.5.1 (20160722.r.156 x64)

I'll also add that I've tried the following:
  • Uninstalling photoshop
  • Uninstalling creative cloud entirely
  • Uninstalling and cleaning using the Adobe CC Cleaner tool
  • Updating ALL drivers
  • Changing PCs (suspecting vídeo card incompatibilities)
  • Formatting my Windows 10 PC and reinstalling everything from scratch

The problem just does not seem to go away. Very very frustrating.

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Hi Vladimir, I believe I we have a fix ready for our next update. Could you share your file and I could validate that it's fixed?
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Hey Jeffrey,
The link was on the above post, but here it is again.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b81uc5yzuawgvsi/Stroke-Issue.psd?dl=0

Cheers!
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Thanks. I've confirmed your file also renders correctly in the update that will go out in the very near future.
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Meaning the bug is squashed for good? Please remember this also affects Generator, and since generator is ESSENTIAL on my day-to-day use-cases, having it partially fixed does not help. Especially since adobe is taking over six months to fix outstanding issues like this.
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Yes. It should be.
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My graphics work is nearly dead-in-the-water with this bug. Absolute showstopper.
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Jaroslav Bereza

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What about downgrade? Not solution, but you could work.
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Vladimir Andrade

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That's what I did. 2015.5 does NOT work, but 2015 works fine. Had no option but to downgrade.
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Good to know. I'll try 2015.
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Vladimir Andrade

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Guys! Today the 2017 version of Photoshop was released. It seems like the bug was fixed! Hooray!
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I can confirm the bug is fixed for me. Great! :D