How to Display and Hide a Path in Photoshop

By Techwalla Computers Editor

If you want to edit a path in Adobe Photoshop CS3, then you need to display that path so you can see what you are working with. If you want to view other objects more clearly in your document, then you may need to hide the path so you can see behind it. Follow the steps below to learn how to display and hide a path in Photoshop.

Step 1

Start Adobe Photoshop CS3 and open an existing document that contains a path you would like to display or hide, or create a path on a new document.

Step 2

Choose the "Window" menu from the top of the Photoshop program screen and click "Paths" to display the Paths palette, if necessary. The Paths palette shares a window with both the Layers and the Channels palettes.

Step 3

Select the layer in the Paths palette that contains the path you want to display. The layer will become a darker gray once it is selected. Notice that the thin black line of your path is now displayed on the Photoshop document.

Step 4

Click the checkmark on the right side of the Options bar near the top of the Photoshop document. This will hide the path that you currently have displayed. You can also click in any blank area of the Paths palette. This will de-select any of the path layers and will hide all paths.

Tips & Warnings

  • To view the path points on the displayed path, you must go through the steps to select the path using the "Path Selection Tool."