Photoshop: Path Selection Problem when two or more paths are inside each other

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When I draw a path with the pen tool and make a selection, it works like it should - but when I draw another path inside the outer one and select both of them with the arrow tool, only the outer path makes a selection! It drives me insane, because this bug was introduced with the last CC update from a few weeks ago. It never gave me any problems beforehand, so please fix this!
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Chris Cox

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Photoshop hasn't had an update since January.  So I'm not sure which update you are referring to. Check the exact version you are using in Help -> System Info.
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I've might have only just installed the update a few weeks ago, but anyway this is the exact version number:

Adobe Photoshop Version: 2015.1.2 20160113.r.355 2016/01/13:23:59:59 CL 1059143  x64

Thanks for your help!
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OK, that is the latest version.

Did you use a boolean operation on the paths (subtracting, intersecting, etc.)?
Did you put the paths on separate layers (creating a shape instead of a simple path)?
And are you using direct selection tool or path selection tool? (both are arrows)
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Hi Chris, yes I've tried and exhausted all the options and I simply cannot select all of my paths at once if they are located within one another. It doesn't matter if path is any of the settings (subtract, add etc).

So for instance I shoot furniture, and need to make a clean background, so I draw a path around the image, then do inside of the arms or the backrest. Before the last update, I would click on the path selection arrow tool, draw a marquee around all of them and convert path to selection without even thinking. And of course, each path would become a selection of its own, where I would remove the background for catalogue work.

Now I can't do it, and it is actually slowing my workflow down considerably.