Photoshop: It's hard to see the paths/lines that are drawn using the pen tool in Photoshop CS5, CS6

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I'm trying to draw clipping paths using the pen tool and it's hard to see the lines against some backgrounds. Is there a way to make the path lines more visible?
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Set the following preference such that the path appearance matches previous versions of Photoshop:

Preferences>Performance...
Click on [Advanced Settings...]
Uncheck "Anti-Alias Guides and Paths"

Restart Photoshop.
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It doesn't match previous versions. It's aliased like previous versions, but the path blending mode still has less contrast than previous versions
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David, If I remember correctly, the Cocoa framework did not allow to use the same blending mode that was contrasty even on a neutral grey background. Let's hope that this peculiar blending mode and related API will appear on Apple's Xcode, so that the Photoshop engineers will be able to use it again!
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This link is dead, will you please update it?

Thanks!
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Added instructions directly to the answer above. Thx.
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Joel Silverman

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Thanks so much!
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Thanks Jeff that helped
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Works better, but doesn't solve the issue of easier path and anchor point selection. I use a stylus and it's like shooting darts on a wall.
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