Photoshop: Please let us change the Pen tool path size and color

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Sometimes the whole "shades of grey" thing just doesn't cut it, and becomes very hard to follow.
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I have tried to switch off the graphic card acceleration, and the paths are just same as in older Photoshops: Here is the printscreen of paths in 3 different preferences modes (sorry, I have the Czech version of Photoshop, I don't know the correct english expressions in preferences)
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Perhaps a work-around would be to copy the layer on which you need to create a path and using the levels or curves tool, crank the contrast or color so the subject has tonal separation from the back ground. Make the path, then delete the layer. A problem I can think of would be the subject may smear into the background making a precise selection difficult.

Let us know if this works.

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop pen-tool path visibility modification.

Create a Photoshop pen-tool path visibilty modification (visible path for outlining) that can be adjusted in thickness and color. This is needed because the new HiDPI monitors display the path in a manner way too thin and faint to be easily seen.
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Has anything changed in the four years since this was first pointed out? It is close to impossible to see the thin path on a 50% neutral gray object. Can you see the curved partial clipping path around the top edge of this diamond? Neither can I.

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Just change the preference...
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Thanks, Oliver. So weird but I don't have that option in my Preferences panel. I'm using CC 2015, what version do you see that option in?

Joel

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I think he was making an attempt at humor by adding a nonexistent control to the preferences dialog.
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Sign him up then - and please add this pathing fix ASAP. Thanks.
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In my dreams, it exists!
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hah!
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Its a sample graphic for what I understand; I like the idea of adding weight to the path besides color as well!
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My photoshop doesn't have that option either, and I have the latest cc popo installed. I have figured out a hack though: after selecting the pen tool, BEFORE you start drawing your splines, select "Shape" from the first tool pulldown menu, then set the fill to none, pick desire color for the stroke, set the line thickness to something that works for whatever you're doing, and set the stroke alignment to center. Voila! Colored paths in whatever colors you want. A global pref as shown in Oliver's screenshot would be awesome (I think he faked it and is trolling us, unless it's a secret pref) but this workaround is pretty good.
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you're a genius, thanks
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Option for change the color of the path/line drawn with the Pen tool.

It would be nice to have an option to change the color of the path/line drawn with de pen tool in photoshop. It's difficult to see it with some type of backgrounds.
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Please please please fix this. People have been begging for this for years. It is a major problem that nearly renders the path tool useless. Maybe we should try a class action lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act if Adobe won't get their heads out of their posteriors on this issue. Not everyone has the eyes of a 20 year old and the size of a pixel on modern displays is just too small to discern grey on grey in a quick and easy manner.

If the problem is only because of Mac OpenGL then I say screw them. Let us Win users have a functional path tool and the Mac people can suffer or switch systems. Apple's sales figures aren't Adobe's concern.
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See my comment above: there is a very easy workaround that doesn't require Adobe to actually write good software.

THE FIX: draw your path using the pen tool as a shape layer. You can then specify the color for the path, and you can also change the path weight as needed.
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That's a decent fix if you are using the path as a selection tool but not so much if you are using it as a drawing tool since you can't just stroke path, move path, stroke path, etc.

And if this is fundamentally a mac problem I shouldn't have to deal with their BS because I'm smart enough to not buy their machines.
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This issue with the pen tool has been giving me fits for several years and it would certainly seem that it could have been resolved by now.

When I draw a path around something on a layer and have completed it by closing I then apply a mask and everything around my selection is removed - no new layers are created, everything stays on the same layer with the data removed outside of my path as desired by applying the mask. I can then further remove, by using the mask, data inside of my selection by drawing multiple paths, selecting them and then fill them with black. Works fine and dandy with the exception of not being able to see the darned path line too well. Really frustrating.

If I draw my path using the shape tool setting I can indeed change the color and stroke weight of the path being created, it has always been like that, but when I am done drawing the path I have a shape outline on a separate layer above the layer I want to be working on. I am not able to apply a mask to the object I was cutting out of the file with the pen tool set to shape. Yes, I can make the line any color I want and change the size of the path line to anything desired but the end result is not the same when it comes to cutting out an object and applying a mask. Setting the pen tool to draw the path as a shape does not perform in the same manner as the pen tool does when set to the path setting. Having the ability to set a color to the path line in the shape settings does me no good at all.

What I, an no doubt many others, need is the ability to change the color and size to the line created by the path tool. It would seem reasonable to presume that if these settings can be used and applied to the path created by the shape pen line it should work the same for the path created with the pen. I am still waiting for this situation to be resolved and with every update over the years I have been let down over and over again. Sure hope this change is coming soon.

Frank
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Adobe's Jeffrey Tranberry answered this recently in a related thread, I did this and it completely fixed the problem:

Set the following preference such that the path appearance matches previous versions of Photoshop:

Preferences>Performance...
Click on [Advanced Settings...]
Uncheck "Anti-Alias Guides and Paths"

Restart Photoshop.
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removing anti-aliasing makes little difference on my display.
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Does anyone know if you can change path color in Corel Paint?
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You are off topic. This is a forum relating to a Photoshop issue. Your Corel Paint question should be something you ask people on a forum specificly for Corel. I mean really who even uses Corel for photo editing? That program is a joke and its files are a real pain to deal with in the printing industry.
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This really needs to be a configurable property. I should be able to adjust colour or brightness maybe for paths. I should not have to waste time with workarounds. I'm finding paths extremely difficult to work with in their current state. It is really bad that this has remained unfixed for so long, but unfortunately is very much typical of Adobe.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Change color of pen tool line!!!! PLEASE!!!.

I use Photoshop professionaly for 7 years. I would love to see some new adjustments.
 1- Possibility do change de color of the selection with the pen tool. If you have grey background you can ́t see the line.
2- On the new path blur, have de possibility of copy and paste a path, and on spin blur also. Thanks
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Adobe doesn't care. 7 years of complaints on the same issue, no change. And wasn't going to the subscription model supposed to mean faster fixes??? Ha ha ha on all you customers. THEY DO NOT CARE.
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Interesting Comment. I have been using Photoshop since the first version came on the market. Postscript printers was only an idea. Adobe had big ideas and invested time and money to give customer what they wanted. They cared back then. I have to admit I agree with you. Adobe does not care about you now. They do what they need to so the money will keep pouring in. But they have pissed a lot of users off with the rent forever and never own your software. I have doubled down on quite a few new software programs that will replace my need for Adobe products. Such as Affinity Photo. its very close to what photoshop can do. For must users has all they will need. On1 Photo 10 is great and gets better with each version. So we as users still have options. Maybe one day Adobe will wake up. But me, I will have moved on by then and will not be looking back.
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Adobe doesn't care.
Adobe, the corporation, does not so much care about any of its customers’ wishes but about getting money; but I think Adobe employees do care – maybe not all of them and naturally not all to the same extent, but I am convinced that 
• none of them want to be connected to bad software – and not only to avoid embarrassment in possible future job interviews 
• given the choice between doing good work and bad work they prefer the first 
• many are users of the software themselves (rant: though with some teams’ members it seems difficult to imagine and I am not thinking of Photoshop in this case) and therefore benefit from improvements themselves 
• they do not want to be thought of badly 
• ... 
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It's not that Adobe doesn't care but they are in a position to be lazy and complacent.

There's nothing for them to really strive for now other than getting new, non-professional customers. With no competition there's no need to advance. They seem to have made a choice to relegate their pro customers to a lower priority and go after temporary, casual users and trends.

All industries have some form of competition except this one. Companies need competition, some call-to-action requiring them to engage in critical and creative thinking otherwise innovation and initiative dry up. If it's not about making their customers more happy with their products then it's simply to win sales from the competition. But either of these reasons require listening to and truly appreciating customer feedback and implementing useful features that aren't decreed from a marketing team.

Then there's the whole subscription software thing, another reason for them to lack any initiative. There used to have to be compelling reasons for people to buy upgrades, it had to be worth the cost. Now, why bother? Why compete against yourself? The subscription software model compounded by a lack of competition means Adobe becomes apathetic and stagnant. Anyone could have seen this coming.
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Still no solution to this?  After Effects and Illustrator both have the ability to change path colour - why is it so hard to implement in Photoshop?
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Six years after this has been requested, and still no suitable upgrade for one of the core tools in Photoshop. Incredibly disappointing.
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There are so many small usability requests that would immediately help are large portion of PS professional retouchers but so little is done. I honestly cannot recall any big improvement over the last few years - other than incrementally getting the UI slightly back to a more usable state.
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Wow amazing,  7 years and still no solution.
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I'm not sure if I'm saying the same thing, but my preference is to have the Pen tool default to a line only (no stroke color or fill.  If I'm just outlining a path around the object, I don't need a stroke color.  It's a pain to have to shut off the color to none every time I choose the pen tool.
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> but my preference is to have the Pen tool default to a line only (no stroke color or fill.  If I'm just outlining a path around the object, I don't need a stroke color.  It's a pain to have to shut off the color to none every time I choose the pen tool.>

I'm not sure what you're saying exactly, but you don't have to shut off the color (no stroke, no fill), when using the Pen tool. You do know you can select Path from the Options bar? It's a sticky setting, so if you later select Shape, you're back to the Pen tool always trying to draw a shape. But Path only uses the bare path.
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Cristen, Thank you. I hadn't seen the choice of shape vs. path.  Not that I know this, it will make my life a lot easier.  You rock.
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Glad I could help.
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Can we just finally say that the move to CC subscription has pretty much brought development and JDI fixes to a halt in PS compared to the pre subscription model. I recall many of us were worried that the CC model would stifle incentive to add new features and fix or improve others - now that certainly seems to be the case.
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I recall many of us were worried that the CC model would stifle incentive to add new features and fix or improve others - now that certainly seems to be the case.
As much as I consider the exclusive Cloud License model a regrettable decision by Adobe I don’t think your observation is quite accurate. 
For example while I do not consider Face-Aware Liquify of great benefit to me personally it looks like some nifty programming. 
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html
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Quite a lot of new features - that are questionable or useless to many photographers and photo retouchers. And no I do not consider most Adobe "magic" or "smart" or "aware-this" to actually work in for professional demands. Making the path readable with a user defined color stroke (like it was pre CS5) or (my #1 need) adding more grid lines and save and load mesh to warping would really help a lot of retouchers.
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Have you lent your support to the existing Warp-Feature Request thread/s? 
Personally I expect little development there as Illustrator’s Envelope Distort offers a work-around not within Photoshop but within a »sibling«-application. 
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Of course - multiple times. My take on it is adding Bezier curves warping like you are using the path tool and have it inside something like Liquify so you can save and load meshes.
I do not use Illustrator nor do I own (rent) it. If similar features are available in a sibling application - why should it be so difficult to add to PS?
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While something working in one application certainly proves that it is possible to achieve it may not be at all easy to transfer the functionality into another application that has a different code-base (not sure that term is correct here, though). 
And adding or improving or even fixing any feature should mean an expenditure of resources in coding and testing, so I guess there is something like a »natural inertia« to overcome each time. 

I would welcome an improvement of Photoshop’s Warp functionality but I think I understand why it may not happen any time soon ... 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Pen tool path options.

This is probably an aged old issue with photoshop.  Is there any plan to have options for the pen path tool?  I am going blind working with it on the mac.  The path line is so thin it blends into the image.  The following two features would be nice.

1.  Have the option to change the color of the pen path.
2.  Have the option to change the thickness of the pen path as it's being created.

I have searched and it seemed like there are also tons of other users requesting these features.  Do developers actually read these forums or it's just a place for us to rant?