Photoshop: Pressing "D" on shape layer makes numerous Set Shape Layer Fill states

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If I have a shape layer selected and press the D key to switch to the default black/white color swatches, Photoshop creates multiple history states of Set Shape Layer Fill that cycle through various black and white gradients. The gif below shows the various states—this time it was 9 states, but I have seen more or less, seemingly randomly. It has done this as long as I can remember—at least since CC was implemented. Not a huge issue, but it is annoying if I'm trying to work quickly. Is this a bug, or something that can be changed in settings?

The first frame is the gradient I started out with from the last shape I had made (orange to yellow), followed by Ps's random black/white gradients. The last frame (blue) is the color I manually filled. Here is what I do when this happens:

- Draw a rectangle shape with the fill color set to any gradient

- Keep the layer selected

- Press D (assuming the swatches are not already set to default black/white)

 It then cycles through several Set Shape Layer Fill states.





I am using Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 and Mac OS X 10.11.4. I posted about this on the Adobe General Discussions forum (https://forums.adobe.com/message/9744274#9744274) and another person was able to replicate this, and suggested I post here.


Any help is appreciated!
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Cristen Gillespie

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It does do that, doesn't it? Amazing. No harm done that I can see. But a few extra history states filled up.  Always fun to find a bug that's this harmless. <G> Mac running El Cap 10.11.6.  It's only with a Gradient fill, too. Most odd.
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Right, but those states add up. I think I have my limit set to 500 or something, so it's not a real issue, but it does make it annoying if I'm trying to work quickly and have to keep backtracking to get rid of the extra states, or have to take an extra second every time I make a shape and want to fill it with black or white quickly.
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I hear you. I'm sure if they can fix it quickly, they will as soon as someone from Adobe reads this.

I'm curious why it works fine if a solid color, but not a gradient. It almost looks like there's a history step for every color, or color stop,  in the gradient. Not that I've checked it by counting—I just would be surprised if how many steps it creates can be completely random.

If you don't actually need your history (foolish thing for me to say, but sometimes we don't need it), you could always make an action with a kbsc that purges history.