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FAQ: Answers to questions about Vector (shape) Layers and masks

Mar 30, 2012 10:34 AM

Tags: #mask #faq #shape_layer #vector_layer

How do I move or copy the shape path from a shape layer?

 

Command-drag (Mac)/Ctrl-drag (Win) the shape layer thumbnail to move the shape path to another layer.

Command-Option-drag (Mac)/Ctrl-Alt-drag (Win) the shape layer thumbnail to copy the shape path to another layer.

We had to make this slight change since there is no longer a separate vector mask thumbnail on shape layers.

For non-shape layers with a separate vector mask, the old keyboard shortcuts should still work for moving/copying the vector mask.

 

 

How do I hide or deselect a shape layer's path?

 

Now that the shape path is part of the shape layer (as opposed to a separate vector mask), the path outline will be displayed by default when a shape layer is selected in the Layers panel. To turn off the path outline for the currently selected shape layer, use one of the following options:

 

-Command/Ctrl-H (or View > Show > Target Path) will toggle the visibility of the shape path.

-Clicking on the shape path thumbnail in the Properties panel will toggle the selection of the shape path.

-Enter/Return will toggle the selection of the shape path. (Note: One of the vector tools (Shape, Pen, Path Selection, Direct Selection) must be active.)

-Esc will deselect the shape path. (Note: One of the vector tools must be active.)

-Manually deselect the shape path in the Paths panel.

 

The path outline will become visible again the next time the layer is selected.

 

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