Photoshop CC: Path/Direct Selection tool selecting multiple paths on drag-select

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in CS6 drag selecting would only select paths in the currently active layer. Now it is selecting paths from all visible layers, which make it impossible (or just really really slow) for me to select point from a single layer without also selecting paths that I don't want selected. For me this is a huge bug that has killed my workflow in CC.
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Jeanne Rubbo, Employee

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Official Response
A big thank you to everyone who took the time to explain how their personal workflow was affected by the change to the vector selection tools in CC. Your clear feedback allowed us to implement the Active Layers/All Layers modes in the vector selection tools options bar.

Here's a direct link to the list of enhancements for 14.1:
http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/usin...

Some more info on these changes:
-Active Layers mode is the new default. Your layer selection will not be affected when you use the vector tools on canvas.
-All Layers mode works like 14.0.
-Double-clicking on a shape to enter isolation mode only works in All Layers mode.
-We've also made it easier to select individual anchor points with the Direct Selection tool. If you have multiple anchor points selected and you click on one of the selected points, the other points will become deselected.

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the changes.
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Thank you, too, and everyone at Adobe who worked to get this fixed. Shockingly quick turnaround, and now I actually really like this feature!
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Dan Pacey

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Fantastic that you have listened to your long-term users and implemented a sensible solution that keeps the useful changes whilst giving us a way around the not-so-useful. Thank you.
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"Your clear feedback allowed us to implement the Active Layers/All Layers modes in the vector selection tools options bar. "

Where is this? Please show an image of where this option is.
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Ivan Cucer

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@Gordon Carmichael http://d.pr/i/OHSl
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Gordon Carmichael

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I've updated Photoshop CC and the dropdown feature is visible now. However, this doesn't resolve an issue I'm having where I want to select a shape using the path selection tool then edit it. I can only do this by setting the dropdown to 'Active Layers' to select the shape then switching to 'Active Layers' to edit. This is an important aspect of the way I work. Any suggestions?
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Hi Jeanne,

These changes have been helpful, but now it seems that selecting the Pen Tool (P) or Shape Tool (U) won't allow you to select a shape that is on a different layer to what you are currently on?? This seems like a backwards step again.

I would like to be able to select and edit points of a shape on a different layer to the one I'm currently on, instead of having to switch to the Direct Selection Tool and then back again. Any advice?
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Diesel Laws:

I'm not quite understanding your issue -- are you referring to using the Command/Ctrl key to access the selection tools when you have the Pen or shape tools active? If so, these tools should use whatever mode you last selected in the options bar -- All Layers mode should allow you to select layers when clicking on canvas.

Or is the problem that you find yourself needing a faster way to switch between the two modes?
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Gordon Carmichael:

"I can only do this by setting the dropdown to 'Active Layers' to select the shape then switching to 'Active Layers' to edit. This is an important aspect of the way I work. Any suggestions?"

I'm not sure what you mean by this -- did you mean to say you are switching between the two modes a lot? If so, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle between the two modes when you have the Path Selection tool or Direct Selection tool active. In the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog, in the Tools section, assign a new shortcut to the "Direct Selection Mode Toggle" option. Let me know if you need more detailed instructions.
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Diesel Laws

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@Jeanne - Yes, ignore what I was saying. I found the All Layers dropdown and was able to select different shapes by Command+Clicking on the shape with the pen tool etc. It took me a long time to find where the All Layers setting was hidden - I don't think I've ever used the Path Selection tool!
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Thanks for the response Jeanne.

I've set this up the toggle shortcut as per your instructions and have been using it for a few days.

This new development has really slowed down my workflow and I'm surprised other users aren't highlighting it as a problem. I use photoshop to wireframe then style up web page designs. All of the panels in my pages are shapes so, as you can imagine, I'm using the path selection tool all the time to make adjustments.

As it stands, I'm having to switch between the two path selection tool options constantly and even then I find that sometimes I can't select a path in the manner I previously was able to so have to switch between the move tool to search for a layer then switch back to the two path options. I don't see how this development is an improvement.

Can you clarify why this has changed and what type of user it's helpful to?
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@Jeanne - Thank you! I just updated and so far this solution is perfect. Much appreciated.
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Ivan Cucer

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Wow!!! CC crashes too often!!! CC 14.1.1: http://d.pr/v/nyMe
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Chris Cox

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This is a great conversation that's completely unrelated to the main topic, so I created a new topic to continue the discussion. Please reference the new topic here: Photoshop CC: crash when manipulating vector shapes
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Ivan Cucer

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@Chris Cox, why did you remove my message? Please watch the video more carefully!!! Issue with coordinates!!!
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Chris Cox

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Because it wasn't remotely related to this, and appeared to be a very simple case of you clicking off the shape and deselecting the shape.
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Jeanne Rubbo, Employee

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Could you please start a new thread for each separate issue? This would help us out a lot. Thanks!
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I like the implementation. I can still choose to with all layers and be able to select any shape on the canvas by clicking yet have some the power to work on shapes in isolation if I ever have that need.
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How could I paste path without creating vector mask (for raster layers) or replacing current shape (for vector layers)? Is there any way to do it like it was it CS6 (add to current vector shape or auto create new path)?
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The new update, toggling between All Layers & Active Layers, is still problematic. The PS6 and before version, you could use the open arrow tool to quickly navigate between shape layers just by clicking on a particular one, then select the point or points you want without effecting other shape layers. With "all layers" selected now you can navigate between layers the same way, but not Active Layers. It would be ideal if Active Layers would behave as it did before. As a UI designer, this is too big a deal for my workflow, so I have to go back to CS6.
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Gordon Carmichael

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This is exactly my issue with it – don't really see who the change benefits?

Back to CS6.
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Kristina Bressler

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I couldn't select the multiple guides to move them around. How do I do this?
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Currently you can only select and move one guide at a time in Photoshop.
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Hi Jeanne and Jeffrey,

I've now read over a hundred blogs and posts about Direct Selection Tool issues.

Everything was working perfectly in CS6, so why break it. All you simply need to do is have the Direct Selection Tool select another layer when you click on it.

I now have to go back to the Move Tool to select the next layer and then back to Direct Selection Tool. As I'm constantly working with vectors in Photoshop CC, this really slows down workflow.

I know you're trying to get a few other things done here, but the point is that PS6 worked perfectly, so simply ad a checkbox that allows the user to be able to select another layer using the Direct Selection Tool.

Many designers are reverting back to CS6 until fixed. Can you please get in touch when fixed.

Many thanks for a close to perfect product.
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Javier Dávila

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Totally agree, workflow got ruined in CC with this problem, I'm happy that I didn't uninstalled CS6
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Selecting shape layers seems cumbersome now. I feel like I'm constantly fumbling to do basic selections (and in turn not getting the property fields I need). I was just in front of the boss trying to edit something and I flat out could not get it to select. Total fail here. Making me look bad! I've been using Photoshop professionally for 10 years and suddenly looked like a n00b. Thanks!
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I've been using CC for months now and I still find myself getting extremely frustrated with the new forced workflow introduced in CC. I've decided to switch back to CS6 until this is actually fixed. The current "solution" is just an added annoyance compared to how the shape tool worked in CS6. As a UI designer who uses photoshop's shape tool on a daily basis, PLEASE fix this Adobe! There's a lot of features I like about CC but the new shape tool is not easy to work with.
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So, how the **** do I select my anchor points using the direct selection tool?

This tool now behaves erratically and I can't pinpoint the prereq's to make it work like I have the past decade and a half...

It's been 30 minutes that I've tried to resize this shape on my canvas. 30 friggin minutes.
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I want to mention that I continued to read this thread and found somebody that mentioned that anchor points are hidden along with the rest of the Extras option.

This new change will make any UI designer that is used to being able to directly select shapes while having all other distractions hidden believe that they aren't selecting anything at all.

I can get along with this new adjustment, but it's worth mentioning that I feel this new change in CC isn't helping... anybody?
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I am a UI designer. I was very excited about Photoshop CC. But this single new change with the Direct Selection tool totally changed my mind. I can't think of any good reason for this change. its really not helpful and takes us lots of extra time to messing with this tool instead of concentrating on our actual work. please for God sake improve this further, or totally remove this option. Really annoying and unnecessary