How to Control Color and Thickness of Path Outlines in Photoshop CC 2018

How to Control Color and Thickness of Path Outlines in Photoshop CC

One of the new features in Photoshop CC 2018 is the ability to control the color and thickness of path lines. Paths can be useful to isolate objects, to clip images, to create a selection, to create vector mask and so on... One way or another you must work with paths in Photoshop: either you will be drawing them or use someone else's paths. In the previous versions, it was almost impossible to see path outline against some backgrounds. Starting with Photoshop CC 2018 release you can define line thickness and color for easier visibility while drawing paths. New features can be also useful when scaling, moving around, combining path outlines and so on...


Options to control color and thickness of path outlines

Here are the steps to control thickness and color of path outline in Photoshop CC 2018:
  • Select shape layer/layer with the path in the Layers panel or select path in the Paths panel.
  • To access controls for path outline thickness and color you must have active some of the vector drawing or vector selection tools like Pen Tool, Curvature Pen Tool, Rectangle Tool, Path Selection Tool and so on.
  • Click on the gear icon in the Options bar and change thickness using Thickness drop-down list (or type number in the text field). 
  • To change path outline color use Color drop-down list which contains base RGB and CMYK colors.
Steps to change thickness and color of the path outline in Photoshop CC 2018
Steps to change thickness and color of path outline. You must select the layer with the path in the Layers panel or to select a path in the Paths panel. Some of the vector drawing or selection tools must be active (Pen Tool, Path Selection Tool). To change thickness and color of path outline click on gear icon in the Options bar then use the drop-down lists to change settings.

Rubber Band effect

When working with Pen Tool and Curvature Pen Tool you will see and Ruber Band option which you can check to preview path segments as you move the pointer between clicks or anchor points.
Rubber Band for Pen Tool in Photoshop CC 2018
To see a preview of path segment while drawing using Pen Tool or Curvature Pen Tool check Rubber Band in the Path Options flyout menu.



Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

Reference:
New features summary - October 2017 release of Photoshop CC (version 19.0)
Manage paths 

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