Photoshop CC: Pressing +/- to change path drawing mode does not work with Pen Tool

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In previous versions of Photoshop you could press the + or - keys to change the path mode for the shape you're about to draw to "combine" or "subtract". This still works with the standard shape tools (rectangle, ellipse, etc), but not with the Pen Tool. Pressing the keys either does nothing or changes the currently selected shape to combine/subtract.
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Philipp Antoni

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We are aware of this issue as well as the inability to set the path operation from the flyout with the pen tool prior to path creation. Sorry for any problems this issue is causing.
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Philipp Antoni

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You're probably aware of this, but just to make sure: As far as I can tell this hasn't been fixed in CC 14.1.
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This is especially frustrating since changing via mouse is now a two-click procedure. I wouldn't have thought that space in the tool bar is at such a premium that path operations needed a drop-down. Especially while this shortcut is still broken.

Lots of unexplained lateral moves in CC's vector tools...
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9 Stitches Images

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Still broken in 14.2.1...
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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This should be fixed in CC 14.2.2 or later.
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Philipp Antoni

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Thanks Jeffrey. I'm running 14.2.2 and still experience the exact same issue though.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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What about in 2014.2.2?
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Philipp Antoni

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Sorry, that's what I meant. I'm running 2014.2.2.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Strange. OK. I'll work with QE team.
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Official Response
This should be fixed in the Photoshop CC (2015) update.
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Philipp Antoni

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Can confirm. Thanks!
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Philipp Antoni

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Wait... Am I dreaming or can you now no longer change the path mode of existing shapes with the +/- keys with the Path Selection Tool?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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I'm not able to reproduce this. Maybe I'm not understanding the problem. Could you make a screen cap of what you're seeing when it works, and what you're seeing when it doesn't? That may help us troubleshoot.
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Confirmed that we fixed one thing, and broke another. +/- with Shape and Pen tools selected works fine in CC 2015, but no longer works with the Path/Direct Select (White/black arrows) selected. We are investigating a fix for this issue now. Thanks for your help in clarifying this issue!
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This was actually working for me in CC 2014: with a path selected, I could change the operation with the - = keys, but the indicator in the tool bar would not reflect the change.

In 2015, the toolbar icon changes, but the path operation does not. You can change the operation for the NEXT path component you create, but not the one currently selected.

Is this how it used to be? I can't even remember.