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Mon, Mar 28, 2011 2:25 AM

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Photoshop: It's hard to see the paths/lines that are drawn using the pen tool in Photoshop CS5, CS6

I'm trying to draw clipping paths using the pen tool and it's hard to see the lines against some backgrounds. Is there a way to make the path lines more visible?

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Set the following preference such that the path appearance matches previous versions of Photoshop:

Preferences>Performance...
Click on [Advanced Settings...]
Uncheck "Anti-Alias Guides and Paths"

Restart Photoshop.

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It doesn't match previous versions. It's aliased like previous versions, but the path blending mode still has less contrast than previous versions

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David, If I remember correctly, the Cocoa framework did not allow to use the same blending mode that was contrasty even on a neutral grey background. Let's hope that this peculiar blending mode and related API will appear on Apple's Xcode, so that the Photoshop engineers will be able to use it again!

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6 y ago

This link is dead, will you please update it?

Thanks!

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Added instructions directly to the answer above. Thx.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Thanks so much!

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Thanks Jeff that helped

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Works better, but doesn't solve the issue of easier path and anchor point selection. I use a stylus and it's like shooting darts on a wall.