Photoshop: path/layer transform priority.

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hopefully this is where this belongs.. any workaround suggestions i'm open eared to hearing.

problem: i'm an illustrator and i often use paths as perspective guides for my illustration. i'll locate a horizon line and draw paths for vanishing point reference guides. however, when the paths are visible, any transform (ctrl-t, ctrl-x, etc) i try to make to the current layer, will instead transform the current path that's selected.

the work around is selecting the 'show transform controls' and modifying layer content via handles, but being able to quickly select, cut/paste, or ctrl-j in place, still prioritizes the paths instead of the layers.

even if a 'lock' path option was there, i'd end up checking and unchecking it constantly as i'm always moving the path guides to help determine the perspective.

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suggestion: change photoshop to know when i've selected a layer with the 'move' tool vs. a path with the 'direct selection / path selection' tool, and prioritize the layer and or path respectively for transform controls. if i hit hotkey 'v' to select a layer and then hit 'ctrl-t' to transform it, photoshop should know i intend to transform the layer and not default to the path.

if i hit 'a' to select a path, then 'ctrl-t' then the priority should go to the path.

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side note: please don't suggest i just use the 'vanishing point' filter to kick out a perspective grid. it's nowhere near as fluid in the work flow as just drawing a couple paths and having the vector them visible while i work. also being able to dynamically change the perspective as the illustration evolves/refines is a big plus to using paths.

thanks adobe (family).
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craig shoji

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