Photoshop: Pasting a path creates a vector mask

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Unless you have a path layer selected, pasting a path creates a vector mask. Why doesn't Photoshop just create a new path in the Paths palette and let me make it into a vector mask only when I explicitly tell it to?
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Chris Cox

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Which version of Photoshop are you using?
Where did the path on the clipboard come from?
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Kris Hunt

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2015.1. The path came directly from Photoshop. Make a path with the Pen tool, cut it and then paste it in the same file, or any other file.
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I had the same situation where I have a shape in Ill that I want to paste into PS and use as a path. (IL and PS CC versions and yes it was coming from the clipboard) Not everyone wants a layered mask. It wasn't until I posted my dilemma in another thread that I found out if I have all my layers deselected that the path comes in as a path.
It would be suggested that if Adobe is going to make these kinds of changes with their products to take a consumer pole first to determine the actual need. I think Adobe is getting too big for it's britches and will go the way of Quark Xpress if it continues to anger its customers. 
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Chris, can you acknowledge? This behavior makes no sense.

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After you copy the path, make sure you have no layers selected and you can paste as a path. 
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Oh, that's good to know. Thanks.