Adobe Photoshop Pen Tool bug in macOS remains unaddressed after latest v22.3.1 update, as per user reports (workarounds inside)

Adobe Photoshop 22.3.1 update came out pretty recently with several bug fixes and improvements.

However, macOS users are facing some issues including the Pen Tool bug even after the Adobe Photoshop 22.3.1 update.

The Pen Tool Bug is certainly annoying, but the Work-Around is fairly simple. Still, it is disappointing that it went unfixed with 22.3.1 …


Users started reporting about the Pen Tool bug on macOS after getting the Adobe Photoshop 22.3.0 update.

Now, it seems that the issue is still present after the latest update as recent reports regarding the same are coming in.

Pen Tool allows users to draw paths with the help of anchor and corner points. The said bug is affecting this functionality as users are not getting a path when anchor and corner nodes are specified using Pen Tool.


As per multiple reports, users have been unable to draw using the Pen Tool because of this bug for quite some time now.

While the issue has already been acknowledged by Adobe, it is unclear how long it will take to address it.

This in turn has led macOS users to figure out ways to bypass the Pen Tool problem on their own.

(Source 1, 2)

As per the Adobe Photoshop Known Issues page, the workaround is to downgrade to Adobe Photoshop 22.2.

Users have also figured out that creating a Work Path before using Pen Tool restores the functionality back to normal.

Apart from that, users can also try disabling the Use Open CL option from the Advanced section under the Performance/GPU settings in Preferences.

My pen tool was working OK with 22.3 but was broken with 22.3.1
Turning off Use Open CL in Preferences > Performance ? GPU > Advanced fixed it for now, but a whole lot of people are going to pleased when all the GPU related issues are finally fixed!

Having the same issue. You need a ‘work path’ before the pen tool works as intended on other paths.


Hopefully, Adobe resolves the issue and releases a proper fix soon as the workarounds given above are not permanent.

That said, we will keep tracking this for further development and will provide more details once new information becomes available.

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