Photoshop CC 2014: Path Tool needs to be optimised better for 5k retina machines.

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Not sure if this has been covered by someone else. There were hundreds of search results on the path tool.

The path itself is a 1 pixel wide antialiased line which is very hard to see on a busy background on a retina iMac. It should be 2 pixels wide. That razor thin mid grey line literally disappears.

Also, the distance in pixels where the tool snaps onto existing points needs to be increased. I'm not sure if anything has changed recently but I'm finding that when attempting to close a path, I end up with double points very close together. Same situation occurs when I try and select a point to manipulate. I would prefer to see a wider snap value and zoom right in if I need better accuracy on existing points which are close together.

I've reckon I've easily created 20-30 thousand paths over my career using a tablet. The problems I've described above slow me right down as I seem to be hunting around with the cursor a lot more to hit the mark.
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Same problem for me. There should be an option to set the width of paths.
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Yes. Thicker path and stronger "snap to point", would be nice. Or necessary rather.
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Sometimes I absolutely can't see the path at all, it should be improved greatly !
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Same situation occurs when I try and select a point to manipulate. I would prefer to see a wider snap value and zoom right in if I need better accuracy on existing points which are close together.
I agree and posted about this earlier. Something definitely seems to have changed. From a post 3 months ago:

...2) Pen Tool: Please set a better tolerance or bias for selecting anchors and handles. Pen Tool recently seems to have been programmed with a bias to select the actual path over anchors. And Handles don't get grabbed 40-50% of the time now. Never been an issue before and I'm certainly not doing anything different than I have since '96. If you've universally changed the tolerance, please change it back...
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Yes, It's really one of the most urgent problems that need to be fixed. The sooner the better.
Chris Cox, what's the status here, will there be an updated improved version of the path tool for 5k?
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I think it might be beneficial to keep the terminology straight: 
There is a Pen Tool and several other Tools that can be used to create/edit Paths but there is not one »Path Tool« in Photoshop. 
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Yes of course. Thanks for pointing that out!
This path and the anchor points are simply too hard to see. And if I have images to path that have a lot of white dust on them I can't even see the anchor points. This is what it looks on a 5 k screen. It simply needs to be more visible.
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I think it might be beneficial to keep the terminology straight: 
There is a Pen Tool and several other Tools that can be used to create/edit Paths but there is not one »Path Tool« in Photoshop.
Yes, technically correct although in my mind the Pen Tool and Direct Selection Tool are one and the same since the Direct Selection Tool is often called upon through the Command key when Pen Tool is active.

Technicalities aside, understand the bigger picture here; path creation and manipulation has become more difficult and Tool tolerances seem to be much tighter now. Editing paths with the Direct Selection Tool has become frustrating the past few months. Anchors and handles seem more difficult to "grab". I also agree about the difficulty in closing a path. It was only when I read it here that I realized I experience this too more than ever before.

Question 1.
Did anything involving tolerances change?

Question 2.
Will paths ever be able to show contrast again?

I know you say it's Apple's fault that the contrasting is gone because of some change within Aqua or something, I forget the exact reason given. I believe you when you tell us this but isn't it kind of your job to build an application suited to the OS? I mean, figure it out...that's what you do. If and when an OS changes then it's kind of on you to adapt to those changes. I sincerely hope Adobe won't sit dormant waiting on the OS to change something back to suit Adobe's needs.
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