0 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2012 10:34 AM by Pattie F RSS

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

    Pattie F Adobe Employee

      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.