Photoshop 21.1.1, Mac: Path Tool Issues

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Photoshop 21.1.1; iMac Pro "17; Catalina 10.15.3 -
Version 21.1.1 has fixed the Copy/Paste problem on the Paths palette with paths/points. Keyboard shortcuts for combining paths and active selections (Command, Option, Shift) are working and not activating that undesired "zoom to layer" feature(bug).

Remaining major problem for illustration and retouching professionals is the inability of the Paths tool to sense an existing path or point and activate the Plus-Point or Minus-Point tool. Since those tools have no keyboard shortcut, it requires a trip to the toolbar to switch to adding points. This makes cutting paths into a huge chore, easily doubling the time to do pro retouching!! Since product development photo retouching is mostly cutting/combining paths, this version is still unusable for Pros...

This needs to be fixed ASAP!
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Erik Ela

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eartho, Champion

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It's working fine for me and is the same workflow we've had for decades now... When you're using the pen tool on a non-active path, use the ctrl/cmd key to temporarily switch to the Path or Direct Select tool, then select a part of the path to activate and you'll get the add/subtract path when hovering. It's always worked this way.
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Yves Crausaz

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Same for me!


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Erik Ela

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Are you on a Mac using OS X Catalina or are you still on Mojave? 
I think it's a Catalina Problem...
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eartho, Champion

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you're saying that with a path active and selected, when you hover over the path, the icon doesn't change? Are you sure the path is active?
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Erik Ela

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This is not only a Photoshop 21.1.1 issue: It's a Mac Catalina Photoshop issue! There is also a breakdown in the color palette system - there are several parts of the color system that cannot sample from the Adobe color palette.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Could you post a video of what you're seeing?
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Erik Ela

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I went into online help and reread the info on drawing paths more carefully! I discovered there was a fundamental change to the longstanding standard path tool at some point in the last couple revisions. I needed to check the "auto add/delete" checkbox in the pen tool options to get the old behavior I was looking for! Sorry Jeff!! That's what I get for having thirty years of Photoshop experience!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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No problem. Thanks for closing the loop.
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Erik Ela

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I'll keep an eye on that color palette issue. I just tried to recreate it and couldn't. Might have been a function of working in 16-bit on a different file...