Photoshop 21.1: Pasting shape while shape is selected now creates new layer

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Up until Photoshop 21.1, you could select a shape path with the Path Selection Tool, copy and paste that shape into the selected shape path. I updated to to 21.1 today and the behaviour has changed. I think this must be a bug, because now no matter what you do, pasting the shape creates a new layer, it no longer pastes into the selected shape.

Here's a video demonstrating this issue, the first portion shows the behaviour as it has been up until now, the second portion shows the issue introduced in 21.1.



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Jed Sweigard

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Posted 5 months ago

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Tom Attix, Employee

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I can reproduce this Jed, writing it up as bug. For the mean time, you can use the Merge Shapes popout menu in the layers panel. Thank you for reporting it.
-Tom Attix
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Tested on Win10 21.1.0 and issue does not occur. Unable to verify on 21.1.1 yet. Yikes, I use that enough to be worried.

Emergency workaround for the right-now:
Select both layers, rt(ctrl)-click on layer name to bring up context menu, select "Merge Shapes" 

also, you could create keyboard hotkeys for the menu options under "Layer->Combine Shapes" if you find you are doing shape Merge, subtraction, intersection, exclusion often enough to warrant it.

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Jed Sweigard

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Yes sorry, I shoud have specified my OS, I'm on macOS Catalina. Glad to hear that it's not hurting Windows users as well! Thanks for the replies