Photoshop 14.2.1: Shape tool numeric entry 3000 pixel limit

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When using the shape tool in numeric mode, entering a number greater than 3000 pixels causes a dialog box to appear with the following message:

A value between 0.00 pixel and 3000.00 Pixels is required. Closest value inserted.

I can then use the toolbar size entry boxes to change the size to values greater than 3000 pixels.

To cause this problem, do the following:
-open or create a new Photoshop document
-select the rectangle tool (or any shape tool)
-click on the document to activate the Create Rectangle dialog
-enter a height or width greater than 3000 pixels (or a unit number that equals a pixel count greater than 3000 based on the files pixel per inch setting)

Because a shape can be made greater than 3000 pixels by dragging or tool bar size entry, I assume that I have found a bug. Am I correct in assuming this?

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Matt Harter

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Chris Cox

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Which version of Photoshop are you using?
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Matt Harter

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The version is 14.2.1 running on MacOS 10.9.1

I have tested this with version 14.2 64 bit running on Windows 7 64 bit and the same behavior occurs.

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Charles Uebele

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Chris, I'm getting this with 14.2 also. Hopefully an easy fix to just change the limits on the dialog box, as you can type in a larger value in the menu bar.
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anna willoughby

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Still getting this in CC.
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Foster Brereton, Programmer

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Thanks for bringing this one up. We can reproduce it in-house and will look to resolve it in a future Photoshop release. (FYI, at this time there are no plans to back-port any fixes to Photoshop 14.x.)
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Official Response
The value limit has been set to 32000 in current versions of CC.
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Matt Harter

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Even though I can create live shapes positioned beyond 32000 px, when I try to edit their size in the properties panel, the error message pops up and the shape is moved to a position of 32000 px.

I don't want my shapes moved around, and most of all, I want to work in inches (that is why my rulers are set to inches). Why does the properties box default to px every time? No matter what the units preferences are set to, and no matter what the rulers are set to, I keep getting px as the default in most dimension entry boxes.

I know that most people these days are doing work for web use, and I should be too, but there are still a few of us that do stuff for print, and some of us create very large images by web standards.

Let's fix Photoshop so that the x, y, height, width entry boxes default to what the rulers are set to like the are supposed to. The current behavior is just plain shabby. And the 32000 px limit is inexcusable too.

Thanks for reading my rant.