Photoshop: Layer locking doesn't lock shape layer path/point editing

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Why can I still move points in a shape layer when the layer is locked? It doesn't make sense. With the direct select tool you can still select other locked shape layers. Kinda defeats the purpose of a locked layer no?
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Dan Saksa

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Howard Pinsky, Champion

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This is a good point, Dan, but I see the Lock function as a feature to help avoid mistakes most of the time. Moving your layer is easy to do by mistake. However, moving points is something that requires a few more steps.

But I agree. In some cases, I would like the points locked as well. :)
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When there are many shape layers over each other, it would be convenient to lock certain shape layers and free select other shape layers. But Path and Direct Selection tool selects even locked layers.....

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop: Direct and Path Selection Tool should not select a locked shape layer.
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This drives me nuts.

If I have a big shape in the background and I'm trying to drag to select multiple points I keep selecting the background image.
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You are right Dan, however, you can only move the points using the arrows on your keyboard and you can select them only using Direct Selection Tool or Path Selection Tool (A)

Some funny stuff happens here. For example if you select one point of the path using the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) and then click-n-hold to select the Path Selection Tool, all points on the path will be automatically selected but only the first selected point will be moving.

No Free Transform nor Path Tool can be used when the layer is locked.

All that with Lock All option used. When Lock Position option is used, the shape layer remains fully editable.

I believe it is not intentional feature but rather a bug.
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Adding to the old topic, it should be noted that in Illustrator CS6 you can't select or move the anchor points of a locked shape.

I feel the behavior should be similar in both programs, ie. you shouldn't be able to manipulate a locked layer/shape.