To select an entire path, use the Path Selection tool. To select segments of a path (including anchor points, direction lines etc.), use the Direct Selection tool. Instead of switching tools, you can add the Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -click on a path/anchor point with the Direct Selection tool to select the entire path.
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The video below includes several of the path creation and selection improvements in Photoshop CC including Isolation Mode, anchor point repositioning, anchor point and path selection behavior, and path operation shortcuts.
Following is additional (and in some cases, updated) information about the features:
As was explained in the video, to use Isolation mode, select the desired layers in the Layers panel, and choose Select > Isolate Layers or toggle the Filter switch at the top right of the Layers panel. Only the layers that are selected will be displayed in the Layers panel.
However, when Isolation mode was first introduced, “toggling off” or exiting Isolation mode, simply turned off the filter in the Layers panel, instead of resetting the Layer Filter. Now, in the 2014 release of Photoshop, toggling Isolation mode “off”, resets the Layer Filter to default values.
Note: Isolation Mode is inactive when using the Direct/Path Selection tools in Active Layers mode.
Path Operation Shortcuts in Photoshop CC
To apply path operations to shape layers after they are created, select the desired path(s) and use the following shortcuts:
• Tap the + (plus) key to Combine Shapes (set the path operation in the Option bar to Combine Shapes).
• Tap the – (minus) key to Subtract the front shape (set the path operation in the Option bar to Subtract Front Shape).
• Tap the / (Forward slash key) to set the path operation to Intersect Shape Areas. Note: this shortcut was added to Photoshop CC.
• Tap the * (multiply) key to set the path operation to Exclude Overlapping Shapes. Note: this shortcut requires input from an extended keyboard (shift + 8 for * does not work). This shortcut was also added to Photoshop CC.
You might also find the following shortcuts helpful when drawing multiple shapes (even though they are not new to Photoshop CC) to apply path operations. Note: path operations change the way that shapes in Photoshop can interact with each other.
• Shift -drag adds a newly drawn shape to the current shape layer and combines it if the two paths overlap (and the path selection operation in the Option bar toggles to Combine Shapes).
• Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -drag adds a newly drawn shape to the current shape layer and subtracts the new path if the two paths overlap (and the path selection operation in the Option bar toggles to Subtract Front Shape). Note: after you start drawing the second path using this shortcut keyboard modifier, you can release to drag the shape from the corner instead of the center.
• Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) -drag adds a newly drawn shape to the current shape layer and displays the intersection of the shapes if the two paths overlap (and the path selection operation in the Option bar toggles to Intersect Shape Areas).
• I do not know of a shortcut to access the Exclude Overlapping Shapes path operation.
Three really helpful improvements were made in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with regards to anchor point selection:
• Path point selection is no longer retained when switching between layers.
• Clicking on a selected anchor point will select that point and deselect others.
• With anchor points not currently visible on a path, clicking on the location of an anchor point will select that point without any extra clicks.
In Photoshop CC, the Photoshop engineers added the ability to use either the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool to drag in the image area and select more than one path – even if the paths were on different layers. Given this feature, customers have since requested they be able to limit the layers that Photoshop allowed drag-selecting shapes from based on whether or not the layer was selected. So now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with either the Path Selection and/or Direct Selection tool selected, you can choose between selecting All Layers or Active Layers in the Options bar when drag-selecting paths in the image area.
In addition, using the Keyboard Shortcut editor, under Shortcuts For: Tools you can assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle between the options (Direct Selection Mode Toggle).
Photoshop CS6 has changed the default behavior when dragging vector curves. After creating a path, dragging on a curve (line segment) will reshape the path much more gracefully than in previous versions. If however, you like the legacy behavior, select the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool and check Constrain Path dragging in the Option bar.
To select multiple paths (or delete them from the selection if they are already selected), shift-click the path with the Path Selection tool. Click and drag in the image area to select multiple paths with the Path Select tool, or click and drag to select multiple line segments with the Direct Selection tool.
To select an entire path, use the Path Selection tool. To select segments of a path (including anchor points, direction lines etc.), use the Direct Selection tool. Instead of switching tools, adding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + click on a path/anchor point with the Direct Selection tool will select the entire path.