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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(since this wasn't carried over in the merger...)

It is indeed an old issue that Adobe has flat out ignored. From 6 years ago, Adobe's Chris Cox on this very forum: Please let us change the Pen tool path color
As explained above, we cannot go back to the way it was in CS3 because the blend modes we used are not available in OpenGL, or in the Cocoa API for MacOS.
It's the "...because the blend modes we used are not available in OpenGL..." that kills me. Adobe wrote code that isn't compatible with OpenGL, a universal graphics standard? Who's fault is that? I mean honestly Adobe, just make a new blend mode already for God's sake!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled can't see paths.

Can't see paths on imac lines too thin and light
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop New Feature Suggestion: Anchor size display increase.

**DEVELOPERS ONLY RESPOND/ normal user responses not needed thanks!**
**IF YOU ARE NOT A DEVELOPER PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS POST!**

Photoshop New Feature Suggestion: Anchor size display increase

Dear Adobe, I don't want to come off rude, or toxic to you. However I am quite angry with your product at this point in 2017.

I am using an older version of the product Adobe PS CC 2015.

It is old, but new enough, It should have some pretty modern features.
I am very surprised at the current generation, of PS, and its current lack,
of ability to communicate with its frustrated users, and improve its product.
How is this done effectively and efficiently? COMMUNITY COMMUNITY COMMUNITY.
Products are best improved through the open suggestion and features, and bugs forums, of the user community, not through bug testers, or whatever current broken system you have now.

Finally, I have arrived here, to tell you about this feature that should have already been in my current version of adobe cc 2015, yet should have come 10 years ago.

because you are not getting a regular and strong daily/monthly/yearly feedback from the millions of users on your product, it simply has never improved in the areas it needs to.
dead essentially.

The feature we all know and use everyday the pen tool. 
Problem: Anchor display size is not customize able.
Please fix the issue, and create a back update for all previous versions of photoshop.

Personally, since this BUG should have been fixed 10 years ago, I should be calling this a bug, and not a new feature suggestion. However yea that is me just being nice.

regardless of all my negativity. I am glad to finally have found some place on some official forums sending a msg to adobe.

Furthermore: I am very frustrated, when I am seeing automated responses from your company leading to a solution, that does not solve this what should be a very simple and quick fix.

Instead I am hearing things like, oh add this layer, and name this bla bla bla bla, FIX THE ISSUE!
or..
Oh just import to illustrator......
yea again.. I dont want to use illustrator.. fix the problem in PS.
Other people differing to another product or faulty work around, is a huge sign your product is broken. meanwhile. your product is losing in todays market, because it has stopped evolving and changing, and paying attention to the current market trends.

Instead of improving, you continue to make 50 million useless products that nobody needs.
I prefer to do mostly everything I can in PS. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Allow Pen tool path thickness and color change in Photoshop..

Pen Tool would allow us to easily change the path (Control line ) thickness and color change.
because they are problem on big screen;( like a Imac 5k retina display ) pen tool control line visibility is very poor.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Path UI improvements are on the horizon. Stay tuned.
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That's great to hear, Jeff. Thank you for the update.
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Kris Egan

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Hi Jeffrey,

I'm the original poster of this request (different name after getting married), and I'm absolutely thrilled to hear that there are improvements coming for the tool that I use more often than any other in Photoshop.

Thank you for the update. =0)
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Finally! Great to hear it, thanks!
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Official Response
FYI everyone, the latest release of Ps CC2018 now has path color and thickness options!
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woohoo!
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Kris Egan

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Amazing! It's hard to believe that it's been seven years since I first suggested this, and that it's finally come together. I'm going to wait a few days to install the update (because that's just good practice), but I'm very much looking forward to seeing the changes in action.

Thank you Photoshop dev crew!
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I'd love to have a potted inside dummies history of why and how this took so long. I'm sure there are reasons but I'd kinda like to have some insight into this kind of industrial history. I mean was it all technical or were there some internal politics or what? Where you digital industrial historians of Adobe? 
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They do keep giving us glimpses into how they work, but it helps to listen to throwaway explanations over years of following along. It's not just technical or internal politics.

It must have taken at least 6-7 years to give me more Color Samplers from the time I first started asking, and fix it so I didn't have to change the color mode of each sampler individually. It wasn't at the top of enough lists. How many of you use the Info panel extensively to edit images and complain about it constantly? It's used mostly with Curves, and everyone still calls Curves "advanced." We Curves users haven't had a Curves panel redesign ever—if you don't count adding the Targeted Adjustment tool, and I don't.

Think about the new Brush preset management. I know that's been at the top of my list for seems like a decade. I've complained constantly about trying to use the presets we easily create, find free on the web, purchase, only to have them all tossed into the same drawer never to be found again. Now I'm finally getting not only Brushes, but Tool Presets fixed. Still have nothing for Swatches or Layer Styles, etc. But  I'm at least hopeful again, and Brushes were the worst.

I'll bet, though, if you polled every one of the millions who use Photoshop, better selection tools would come in way ahead of better preset management. I'll bet you most users don't have 1000+ brushes, or even more than ship with PS. So they're going to work a lot harder to improve their selection tools than they are on revising brush management, which worked well enough, unlike the selection tools, but was very, very inconvenient. They're still working on the selection tools, but they always try to give us something else fewer users want, but that will make enough of a difference to enough of them to go forward.

To me, not being able to find my vastly improved Color Samplers is more important than colorful paths and big anchors and handles. While you all finally got those paths (and I'm glad for it for you and myself for when I do use paths in PS instead of AI) I'm still playing Where's Waldo with color samplers LONG after I stopped playing it with my kids.<G>

I don't know what Adobe can exactly tell us about their process than they already have. I know that every time I think something we should have is so obvious, 10 other people immediately tell me they never do what I do and really think something I haven't been bothered by is what's missing. So we just keep asking and eventually that feature that makes a huge difference in our own workflow may get implemented. They conduct surveys, collect usage data, listen to us here, and research the direction the industry is taking. They're not going to be any more transparent with us than that, but it's not as simple as "how easy can it be to do this one thing." There are simply too many things when you're remodeling to make them all equal.
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I am finally using CC 2018 after the healing brush was fixed so I can now use the new color stroke for the pen tool. FINALLY! How many years did we have to wait for this? About 8? I think it was the change from CS5 to CS6 where we couldn't see the path line (allegedly Apple's fault). Why do essential fixes like this take so long? I am happy to use it now but it has been so frustrating for years. The pen tool is not an obscure feature for pro users - I have to use it everyday! Sorry I have nothing new to contribute to the discussion I just had to get that rant off my chest.
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Where is the change? All I want is a thicker line and larger anchor points. I can't see if a point is black or white or the plus and minus signs are visible. I just talked with text who said can't be done. Please someone post an easy work around. HOW HARD IS THIS PROBLEM TO FIX CONSIDERING THE NEW CURVATURE MUST HAVE TAKEN A YEAR TO DEVELOPE. DOES EVERY ONE AT ADOBE HAVE THE EYSIGHT OF THE 6 MILLION DOLLAR MAN?
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There is a thicker line and it's much better than in previous versions.  What version of PS are you using?
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If it helps, making sure the pen tool is selected, go to the top of the screen and click on the little cogwheel settings button.  You can set the stroke and colour values for the pen tool there.
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with selection option the the wheel is greyed out. Only works with shapes. 
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Tony Ratiner

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I have the latest version cc2109.
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Try looking in Preferences> Guides, Grids, and Slices. (I know, not exactly intuitive). Almost at the bottom there's a Path option where you can set up to a 3 pixel width (and the anchors scale with it), as well as a color.

If you need to make changes to either line thickness or color on the fly, it's under the cog wheel on the Options bar when the Pen tool is selected, as Mr. Blacker said. Choose it as soon as you've selected the Pen tool, before you try click on anything else in the Options bar. It works for both Shape and Path.

If not, you may have some kind of corruption in your interface, and it would help if you showed a screenshot of the missing Cog Wheel option when either Path or Shape is selected in the Options bar.
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Thanks for the advice. When I contacted Adobe they said I couldn't make it larger. I will try these suggestions. Hopefully were on the same page communication wise.
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none of these ideas work and I have the latest version on cc. All these ideas are greyed out. one try was shape vs. path, I can get the wider outline with shape not with path. Adobe says I can't change the width of selection tool. If there is a work around I would love to find. I've tried adding adjustment layer and pushing to the extreme, might help in some circumstances but I would love to find a real solution.
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Cristen Gillespie

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You're not working with the Pen tool or one of its relatives (freeform, curvature)? What tool are you using?

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I’m also baffled.
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Make certain that the hardware acceleration in the menu bar is on, turn on and restart photoshop
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After a mere 8 years, the Pen Tool can be adjusted. Nice to have the adjustment in a toolbar, as well as in Preferences. Now, let's have the options in a Contextual Menu! Thank you, Adobe (finally).
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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU .I was on in a conversation with an official Adobe help line and after 20 minutes said it couldn't be done. Just love education.
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Are you saying it was not having the GPU preference enabled that was preventing you from being able to set the Pen tool's preferences? It would help us all to troubleshoot in the future if we know if that's a potential issue.
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Yes it was just clicking that box in preferences. Preferences - performance - to right of box - check mark "use graphics processor. Thanks again for the solution Ron
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Thanks. I'm sure this will come up again with someone, maybe even me, since sometimes that gets turned off for no apparent reason. Mostly it's not a problem—99.9% of the time here— but occasionally, there's a hiccup when PS tries to decide if my GPU is any good or not.