I've been googling and searching for an answer to this question. I would like a view where I can see my paths over the image I'm working on (see screenshot)

Anyone that can help me with this?

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    Don't use a fill.
    – 13ruce
    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:29

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You can set the layer with your paths to outline mode by command+clicking on the layer in the layers panel. If you have your image in another layer you should still be able to see it.


You can give the path a thickness of 0.5px (or thinner) so that the path shows up.

  • That's a workaround that I can use, but I'm actually looking for the solution to see the paths as in the image. I see the paths when selected, but when I work on a new path, the selection goes away and so do the paths. Aug 13, 2018 at 9:42
  • @ThomasvanTil you need to give the path a stroke as the answer says. YOu can apply a default stroke then next time you make the path it will be visible, or you can apply the stroke to the layer, then all paths in that layer would have a stroke that you can toggle. Paths that dont have strokes arent supposed to be visible that's kindof the point of the software. Its not really a workaround just the way the sofware works.
    – joojaa
    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:34
  • I see, but how do you achieve a view like this then: I see, but how do you achieve a view like this then: imgur.com/a/3Ao2Mko Aug 13, 2018 at 12:18
  • @ThomasvanTil yes that is outline mode, your image must be set on a separate layer and that layer set to tomplate (double click on layer to access layer mode)
    – joojaa
    Aug 13, 2018 at 13:42
  • Make sure nothing is selected
  • Press D to get the default colors
  • Set the front color to none
  • Add a stroke width
  • Get the Pen Tool and start making the path


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