Photoshop: Duplicating a shape layer only duplicates perviously selected anchor points

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When you duplicate a shape layer that has previously had specific anchor points selected (but that none are currently selected since the entire layer is selected in the layers pallete and I am using the move tool, not direct select tool), it duplicates only the previously selected points.

It's a waste of precious time to have to:
duplicate a layer.
realize that only a portion of the layer got duplicated.
delete that new layer
select the original layer
choose the direct select tool
click on shape to show the path
click on path to show the anchor points
hit escape so all points are deselected
then try again

Please fix!!
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Posted 6 years ago

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Chris Cox

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Which version of Photoshop are you using?
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Chris Larson

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I'm also seeing this, I don't know why I didn't run into this more in CS6, but I'm hitting it a lot more in CC. I think I'm alright with this being a feature, but it duplicates the points even if I switch tools to a non-vector editing tool.

E.g., working on a path, then I want to duplicate it, switch to move tool, cmd+j, and I still only am duplicating the previously selected points, not to whole layer.
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This has been an ongoing issue in CS6 and seems to be WORSE in CC.

If I edit a shape layer and then attempt to duplicate with command+J it only duplicates the selected points.

Previously, I could click the shape layer itself in CS6 to deselect all of the points but that doesn't even seem to work in CC.
I have to use Layer > Duplicate Layer or right click on the layer and select "Duplicate Layer"

This is really driving me crazy.