Photoshop: Vector Shapes & path highlight/selection issue

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Hi there,

Photoshop CS5

1.Vector shape have color area and vector mask visible - http://screencast.com/t/hVB2H7ceqp
2. Selecting the later do not affect the visibility of the actual shape - http://screencast.com/t/YkmJlsLRNX
3. Selecting the vector mask gives us the visual representation that mask is selected - http://screencast.com/t/Iq4P9Qgp9

Photoshop CS6 beta

1. Vector shape have a single icon - http://screencast.com/t/ptBpMRYup
2. When select the layer the vector mask is automatic selected too - http://screencast.com/t/dm1WjibiTZ
This is frustrating because it is hard to set layer styles properly, the additional "stroke" that comes from the selected layer mask visuals mess the things up.

Please can you find a way to select vector shapes without selecting the actual vector mask too, this was perfectly developed in Photoshop CS5.

Thanks!

Regards,
SK
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BRANDON TYSON

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I've seen the team's explanation for vector shape target paths being highlighted by default. I'm sorry, but all that demonstrates is that the team doesn't use the app as intensely as us daily designers.

I try to do as much as I can with vectors and raster elements clipped above them, so that I have flexibility in my designs. Therefore, almost every element of my designs contains some kind of vector shape. Thanks to this new change in functionality, I now have THREE additional steps to take every time I touch a vector layer: 1) switch to the Direct Selection tool (press A), 2) press ENTER, then 3) hit V to get my Move Tool back again. If I click off the layer and back again, I have to do all this crap AGAIN. You guys need to stop trying to out-think the users on this one.

If you want to cling to your "logic", at least pacify me (and all the rest of your users) by allowing us to toggle this function in preferences. I just don't see what's wrong with the reverse, which is to press A then ENTER when I want to see the path. Or even better, just show the path ONLY when the Direct Selection tool is enabled. Since I can't edit a vector path using the Move Tool, why do I need to see it?

Please give us a solution for this. I haven't seen anyone who is thankful for the change.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Vector Path Highlighted by Default is WRONG.
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I agree, well said to both of you.
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jordan grosz

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I certainly agree that when using the move tool the vector controls should not appear, that is pointless.

However when you say they need to quit trying to out think us just try to remember that they just completely rebuilt the shape tool. They had to rebuild it ground up to add the function to have a fill and a stroke like how it is in Illustrator. This function alone makes PS shapes way more useful and I don't have to open Illustrator anymore to do some vector work like having an object with a dashed stroke around it. In rebuilding the tool they overlooked some things like the issue you just mentioned and I am sure with enough people asking to only have the vector controls appear when you have vector editing tools selected that they will add this in a future update.
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jordan grosz

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Also to simplify your problem use ctrl+Shft+H or option+shft+H on mac. That will hide all the control points when not using vector editing tools.
It toggles them on and off and unlike using the enter button it will not revert back if you select another tool or layer and then come back.
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jordan grosz

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Sorry about annoying you that's not my intention at all. I went back through the posts again and saw the post from KCKFM about the vector path returning after selection it with the vector tools. Like I said I agree with you guys there but most the other posts people don't have this issue and the ctrl+shift+H shortcut will work perfect for them. I kept posting it because It was only in one small post and people must have overlooked it because there are other posts like the one from Shokhrukh Kenjaev that can be solved with that short cut. So by posting it all over the place hopefully people will see it and that will work for them. Ultimately though you are 100% right that if you do not have a vector tool selected then the vector paths should be off by default. So what I said doesn't apply to you or your issue but hopefully it does help some of the other people out.
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Now that this is acknowledged by adobe hopefully they will change that but maybe like I posted below making a blank layer and selecting that before toggling your other layers on and off will help speed things up for you until Adobe updates this (hopefully very soon). If that doesn't help speed things up in your case then there probably isn't going to be anything else until adobe updates and CS5 might work better for you for now but maybe it well help others out in the meantime.