Photoshop: Why merge shape and fill thumbnails?

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I would love to know the reason that Adobe decided to merge thumbnails of shape and fill on a layer in CS6. It lacks the functionality from CS5.
I don't know how to move vector masks to other layers now, including groups.
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Louie Mantia

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Posted 6 years ago

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I'm with Louie on this one.

Since moving to CS6, I'm also unsure how to add a Vector Masks to groups... Anyone with a solution?
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Chris Cox

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Just add the vector mask to the group. That hasn't changed.
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Jake Desaulniers

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@borthjordan You can take an already created vector layer mask and drag it (while holding down CMD) in the layer palette over the group. When you release it the group will now have the vector mask and the original layer will not. This is the only way I've figure out how to do it so far.
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mischa mclachlan

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You should post this on the Beta forum! :-D
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Here's a link to where I answered this on the beta forums:

As for why we made the change, the old shape layers were essentially a workaround using features that were already in Photoshop (content fill + vector mask). With the new shape layers, the path is part of the layer itself, not a separate mask. So now there is only a single layer thumbnail.

We tried to keep as much of the old behavior as possible so as not to break any workflows, but please let us know on the beta forums if you are running into any problems.
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Philipp Antoni

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A thumbnail like this is also utterly useless:
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Chris Cox

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That's only the thumbnail when you turn off thumbnails, or don't have enough space to show the layer thumbnail.
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I have thumbnails turned on. Take a look at this comparison between thumbnails in CS6 and CS5 with a small shape

It's clearly easier to see what layer you're looking for, or what you're working on with CS5.
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+1 to Jono
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With smaller shapes you don't have any clue what it is. I hope they change this for the final release.
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See this thread:

and various others on the Photoshop CS6 beta forum at:

Add your voice if you want this changed / improved!