Photoshop CS6 Pen tool suddenly refuses to 'Stroke' 'Fill' or 'Make Selection.'


Believe I have a bug here:

After using Pen tool to make paths on a file, Pen tool will just give-up and ignore requests to 'Make Selection,' 'Stroke' the new path or 'Fill' the path. I've checked the circumstances where this problem goes away and they involve:

  1. Saving the file as another iteration, Naming_convention_02.psd to Naming_convention_03.psd. Exiting from Photoshop and coming back into working on the project jiggles the right bits loose and it starts working as advertised.
  2. Saving then exiting Photoshop and resetting the computer.

If I am toggling something in Photoshop, this shouldn't work to fix the tool. Pen tool seems to have an arbitrarily numbered amount of uses before it 'breaks' and I have to jump out and jump back into Photoshop to keep working. If there is a faster work around or something I toggle that 'breaks' the tool, please help me to quit doing that!

10/19/2016 12:18:00 PM

Depending on your version of Photoshop, with the Pen Tool selected you should see these options in the top left:

Pen tool options

Here you've got the Selection... option, but if you click the drop down and switch from Path to Shape it gives you the fill and outline options.

If for whatever reason they're greyed out, the only other way I could think to get around this is to switch from the pen tool (P) to the select tool (A) once you have finished the path. Right clicking with Select tool should bring up the options you're looking for.

Hope this helps.

9/28/2017 11:51:00 AM