3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 12, 2018 7:29 AM by Suicide

    Pen tool shapes: How to change the default fill and stroke settings?

    Suicide Level 1
      Every time I make a new layer to draw a new shape, the fill and stoke settings always revert to these really strange default colors (a red gradiated fill + a huge black and white stripey stroke). No matter how many times I change these settings, they always come back whenever I make a new layer.

       

      How can I change these defaults? (Ideally I want the default to be no fill and no stroke - so I can see what I'm drawing first, then add the color later.)

       

      Better still, is there any way to simply stop Photoshop from changing the settings when I make a new layer, and to just keep the settings I was already using before I made the new layer.

        • 1. Re: Pen tool shapes: How to change the default fill and stroke settings?
          c.pfaffenbichler Level 8
          Ideally I want the default to be no fill and no stroke - so I can see what I'm drawing first, then add the color later.

          You could set the Tool to »Path« instead of »Shape« and create the Shape Layer only after having edited the Path.

           

          Ideally I want the default to be no fill and no stroke - so I can see what I'm drawing first, then add the color later.

          With no Shape Layer selected and the Tool selected you should be able to change the Fill and Stroke.

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          • 2. Re: Pen tool shapes: How to change the default fill and stroke settings?
            Ares Hovhannesyan Adobe Community Professional

            Try reseting preferences

            • Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Windows) or Option+Command+Shift (Mac OS) as you start Photoshop. You are prompted to delete the current settings. The new preferences files are created the next time you start Photoshop.
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            • 3. Re: Pen tool shapes: How to change the default fill and stroke settings?
              Suicide Level 1

              https://forums.adobe.com/people/Ares+Hovhannesyan  wrote

               

              Try reseting preferences

              • Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Windows) or Option+Command+Shift (Mac OS) as you start Photoshop. You are prompted to delete the current settings. The new preferences files are created the next time you start Photoshop.

              Resetting prefs makes me nervous as I have all the prefs set up just the way I want it. I'm also not sure if it would affect my panel positions or keyboard shortcuts.

              c.pfaffenbichler  wrote

              You could set the Tool to »Path« instead of »Shape« and create the Shape Layer only after having edited the Path.

              Not a bad idea, but then I'd have to keep constantly switching between Path and Shape, and when I switched to Shape, I would have the same problem of having to fix the stroke and fill settings.

              c.pfaffenbichler  wrote

              With no Shape Layer selected and the Tool selected you should be able to change the Fill and Stroke.

              Oh! To my total surprise, that worked! All I had to do was select a non-shape layer, open the pen tool, change the settings, and these settings become the new default!

               

              Thanks

               

              By the way, does anyone know why the formatting has been broken on the above quotes? It looked fine when I created the message.