Photoshop: Line weight in clipping paths

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Yes, my entire art department is going crazy with the thinner line weight in making paths and often wind up with a zig zag path where points don't meet up. its virtually impossible to see and you wind up with extra points on your image. In CS6, I made paths in no time at all, and now I feel like this has slowed my work flow down considerably.
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Hi Judy, I don't believe path line weight has changed between CS6 and now. Can you post a screenshot of what you seeing comparing CS6 to CC?
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Unfortunately, I can't, because the higher resolution on the screen makes the files that were created in CS6 appear thin as well. I'm thinking its a 2 fold problem, the 4k and higher screen and the path line weight in CC photoshop
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Did you upgrade to a 4k screen at all? Cause the UI for paths on a 4k screen is teeeeeensy.
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Judy Fucci

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yes, we have new iMacs with 4k screens
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Solved. The selection box, paths, and especially path handles on my own 4k screen are all tiny unless I change the display resolution to 1080p.
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Judy Fucci

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yes, I did do that, but when your clipping a large item, with many components it get a the image is so large on the screen. Ex, sometimes I need to clip a 200 piece socket set, and that get crazy
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I had this issue when I went to the higher res display also. I know this isn't a fix, but it is my band-aid solution.

Use your pen tool set to a shape layer rather than a workpath. I know, the end goal is a path, but this solves the visibility issue. Set a stroke weight on your path, and under more options you can tell it to draw inside, outside, center, on the path. Which really depends on what you're tracing. But I find this helpful to see the quality of my path also. See below for settings.



Drawn path as shape layer, stroke weight/color set to inside.


Now, draw around your objects. When you finish you'll see not only your shape layer (which you don't need) but also in the paths palette you'll see that shape layer's path. Drag that to the new path icon and it'll make a copy for you. See below.



That copy is now a regular workpath that you can convert to a clipping path or anything you want. Now you can delete your shape layer (unless you want to keep it for reference, I keep mine and hide them).

Now you can set your own weight on the path, use colors to contrast against the image you're tracing, and still get your workpath in the end.

ps: As a nice to have, save it as a preset for your pen tool. Then anytime you need to do this sort of thing you can load it as a tool-preset and just start doing your trace.

Hope that helps.

- Mark Heaps
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Judy Fucci

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thank you, will try this.
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Judy Fucci

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This works great!
Thank you so much. My tired eyes thank u.
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You're very welcome. Glad I could help.
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Judy Fucci

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ok, one glitch, when you do a path within a path, it doesn't seem to work, how do you deal with that?
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In that situation I make multiple shape layers, and then copy each path, then paste them into a work path so they are together. The convert to the clipping path.
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You can also set the path-mode on the pen or shape tool in the top tool propterties menu from "New Layer" to "Combine Shapes" or "Subtract Shapes". You can also select sub-paths that are already there or that you pasted in and change it after the fact (if you have the path tool selected) to be subtractive or whatever to punch holes out. Not sure if that translates across to work paths though.
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more like a compound path that I need. Sort of removing a negative area from a shape. I think I need to hold down option or something. Trying different things.
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Judy Fucci

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thats it, really works great
Thanks once again