Photoshop: pixel mode for freeform pen tool

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I would love a pixel mode for the freeform pen tool. It would allow me to use it similarly to the pencil tool in illustrator where you can draw shapes of any kind with a fill, while allowing you to skip right clicking >fill/make selection or flattening your vector shape layers. Basically it would be incredibly efficient for laying in large areas of color/value/texture etc.

Also having the foreground color as the default fill color would be nice.
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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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You would prefer a destructive technique over a non-destructive one?
Would Solid Color or Pattern Layers not provide advantages for you?
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Hmm, that sounds a lot like something I heard from some illustrators - they want a quick way to fill odd shaped areas.
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I just want the option of being able to skip the step of making a selection and then filling that selection, or having to right click > fill path, or making countless vector layers to achieve what I really only want on one layer.

By enabling the pixel mode just like the vector shapes tools, it would let you draw a shape and have it immediately on your canvas able to be painted/tweaked instead of having multiple steps to achieve it.

I'm honestly very confused why the pen tool doesn't allow the pixel mode like the shape tools already.
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Maybe you could record an action using fill path to foreground color with no dialog. Then assign a keyboard shortcut for the action.
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Brandon Leach

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That's actually a pretty good work-around for now. It still is a bit more cumbersome than the solution I'm hoping for because you have to hit your hotkey to fill, and then when changing colors you have to delete your previous path(s), but it should work for now and I can cross my fingers in the mean-time for pixel mode on the the free form pen.
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As long as you don't need to save the paths, hitting the Return (enter) key should dismiss the current path before drawing a new path.
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The requested functionality is no more destructive than the other vector tools that have a pixel mode.
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True; I personally just have a preference for sticking with Paths and am not contesting the legitimacy of the request.
And if it chimes with feedback you have been getting from other users the better for the OP.
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I've been looking everywhere for a way to do that, so I finally got here, is there a reason why the pixel mode is not available in freeform pen tool while the square circles and shapes have the option, I mainly need for silhouettes in character design and for a fast way to block shading into my backgrounds, there's an animation application called tvpaint that does this beautifully, also letting you too shift to erase mode if you press the space bar, I would love a feature like this in photoshop, it would make things amazingly faster!
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I agree this would be a fantastic functionality for design pourposes.
either that or a self-filling lasso tool.