Selecting Paths In Photoshop CC (v14.1)

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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).

42CustomShortcutNote: Isolation Mode is inactive when in Active Layers mode.

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Posted on 09-16-2013


  • By Daniel thomassin - 4:17 AM on September 15, 2013  

    Bonjour;Merci beaucoup je vais tester mes avant je vais regardez quelques tutoriels pour bien
    assimilez toutes les nouvelles fonctionnalités de Photoshop cc .
    Je vous souhaite une bonne journée et à vos collaborateurs d’Adobe.


  • By Ari Hallami - 1:56 AM on September 27, 2013  

    I had to move back to CS6 because I can’t select any layers with Path Selection Tool anymore with CC. I always select all the vector layers with it. Is there any chance to get it back selecting layers by clicking the shape? Move tool isn’t an option since I cant pick vector points with that one.

    • By Julieanne Kost - 3:52 PM on October 1, 2013  

      You can still click on a path using the Direct Selection tool and you can also drag in the image area to select multiple paths over multiple layers so there shouldn’t be any reason that you would need to return to CS6. I would suggest posting your question to one of these forums to see if community experts in your field have found a solution to your question