How To Move A Path In Photoshop

When creating and working with paths on Photoshop, it can seem incredibly complicated. When making such paths, you may wonder how exactly to make changes. To transform a path, you will need to use a specialized tool to make this happen.

Moving a path in Adobe Photoshop is incredibly easy and just requires a few steps. All you need to do to make this change is to use the Path Selection Tool available in the toolbar on Photoshop. You can move paths to new spots in your document with just a few clicks.

If you have been wondering how to change a pathway’s placement on Adobe Photoshop, you are reading the right tutorial! With this article, we will show you how to move an entire path without disturbing the anchor points you placed there originally. 

How To Move Paths In Adobe Photoshop

You can use Adobe Photoshop tools to create paths that are made up of different anchor points. In this case, you will realize that moving the entire path can be difficult. This is because the program, by default, will attempt to move anchor points instead.

If you want to drag and drop an entire path, you will have to use another tool, known as the ‘Path Selection Tool,’ to transform the path. The method to do this is described below.

If you want to see how this works out visually, you can also take a look at this video tutorial which shows you how to move paths in Photoshop:

In any case, here is how to drag and drop a path to a new spot in Adobe Photoshop:

  1. Launch the Adobe Photoshop program on your computer or device.
  2. Create a new file, or open a file with a path already drawn.
  3. To draw a new path, use the Pen tool to create a path. 
  4. Now, select the path that you want to move on Photoshop.
  5. Hold down the ‘Direct Selection Tool’ on the toolbar to show more options.
  6. From the options that show up, select the ‘Path Selection Tool.’
  7. Now, if you click and drag the path it will be able to move. 
  8. Once you are happy with your path, you can go back to editing.

If you want to edit an anchor point or two, you can also use the Direct Selection Tool available at the same spot to edit the anchor placement and angles. Basically, the Path Selection tool allows you to edit the entire path, but the Direct Selection Tool allows you to make changes to individual anchor points without impacting the whole path.

It is also important to remember that you can also use the Free Transform to make other changes to your pathways. To do this, you can use the Edit menu, and then choose ‘Free Transform Path. This allows you to make changes such as:

  • Make changes to the size
  • Adjust the rotation angle of the path
  • Distort or skew your pathway

If you want to make adjustments to your path, using the transform tool can make this process much easier. 

How To Move Multiple Paths In Adobe Photoshop

Sometimes, you will need to move multiple paths at the same time on Adobe Photoshop. In this case, you can use the same core method we explained above with just a few changes to select the multiple paths. Here’s how this will work:

  1. Launch Photoshop and open up the document you want to edit.
  2. Hold down the Shift key, and then select the layers with the multiple paths. 
  3. Now, click on the Path Selection tool.
  4. Click on the paths and drag to their new spot on your document.
  5. Release the paths to place them.

This way, you can easily make bigger changes to your Photoshop without having to carry out a complicated process. Luckily, Photoshop has a great built-in tool that allows you to move paths without any worry. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the process of moving paths can seem difficult, but it is actually down to selecting the right tool. With the path selection tool on hand, you can quickly change where a path is located on your canvas and move it to a new spot with no worries! 

We hope this tutorial was helpful and made moving a path much easier for the future! Good luck!