Photoshop CS6: When I select a shape layer, the path is displayed - please make it stop!

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When I select a layer, I don't want the path to show! Please, please, please! I know that Photoshop CS6 makes the path part of the layer - makes zero difference. I don't usually sound like I'm ranting when posting on forums, but I can't tell you how many times this problem has irritated me - it almost negates every positive of CS6. I realize I can switch to the direct select tool, click enter, then go back to the last tool. I probably do that an average of 3 times a minute. It really is that often. At first I thought, it's just a few clicks. But if you're editting for 8 hours hours a day, 5 days a week, and lines COVER your design every 20 seconds because of some how shape layers are now handled, you'd feel the same way - how did this make it into the final release of CS6? Here's a typical scenario, I double click a shape layer to go into the layer properties, and then see the annoying lines covering the very layer I'm trying to edit - I have to exit properties, switch to select tool, press enter, double click to reenter properties. Please, please, please stop it from doing that - please - I can't tell you how many times I've done this now. It's not fun. I'm in the middle of a hectic schedule, and I still took time from my project to find your forums and write this. From your perpective it may make sense logically. But, it's not user friendly. If I press F, I can get rid of the toolbars on the outsides of the screen so that I can focus on the design without distraction. Yet, I have to deal with lines running through the MIDDLE of my design EVERY 20 seconds. Every single time I switch layers, I have to deal with this. To me, that is the worst idea I can imagine. If I have the move tool selected, and I'm clicking on a layer that is a shape layer, why do I need to see the path? Why not show the outlines of every other layer also? I know I sound like I'm ranting, but I'm trying to get you to understand how much you could improve my user experience. To me this is a problem with the software.
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David Selery

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Posted 6 years ago

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Josh Baker

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I keep my hand over Ctrl+Shift+H. I hear ya. It's annoying.
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Josh Baker

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Hi. Is there a way to turn off the Path Selection Tool's ability to select layers? I run into accidental layer selects constantly, and it is frustrating. The main way I use the Path Selection Tool is to select paths or points within a single layer. It messes me up when I click somewhere outside the current layer and another shape layer gets selected. If I want to make a box selection of points or shapes, I have to find a spot to click that is not over any other shape layers, and then drag my selection box. Is there any way to prevent this behavior?

Thanks for you reply!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can the Path Selection Tool NOT select layers?.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Are you guys using the latest updates?

http://adobe.ly/PS-Up-To-Date