Why don’t you use a Solid Color or Pattern Layer with a Vector Mask in this case?
I'll need a little more help. Is a vector mask the same as a layer mask? When I put a vector mask - reveal all on my layer with the color it looks just like a layer mask. But I don't see how that will let me use the path to adjust the shape of the colored layer.
I'm trying to put a yellow stripe on a all black cable. I have to get the stripe to follow the contour of the cable. Here is a sample of what I'm working on.
The yellow strip is on a sep layer.
Just create the Path with the Pen Tool and then make the Solid Color Layer or apply it to an existing Layer with Layer > Vector Mask > Current Path.
I think I see what your saying...
I had been creating a path for the stripe, convert to a selection, then fill the selection on a new layer with the color for the stripe. But this makes changing the shape of the stripe impossible.
Your method has me using the same path, creating a new blank layer, filling the layer with the color, then adding a vector mask- current path. This blocks out everything except the yellow stripe following the path. Invoking the path allows me to adjust the path which in turn adjusts (hides / reveals) the yellow strip. (which actually just a layer filled with the yellow stripe color).
I'll work with this and see how it goes. It looks like you solved my question!!
Just to follow up on your answer....
Yes this works very well for what I'm trying to accomplish.
Just an fyi, I'm also a NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) member.
I posted my same question on the NAPP forum. I still haven't gotten a response for anyone over there.
I'm not knocking NAPP, it's a great organization and I've been a member since 2006.
But I'm pleased with how much faster answers to questions come from this Adobe Photoshop forum.
Keep up the good work!!