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Design Photoshop Foundations Masks Basics Creating Basic Vector Masks

bezier handles do not show up like in the video for Adobe CC. How do I make them show?

  1. select ellipse
  2. make ellipse
  3. press A
  4. There are little squares that show up on the ellipse itself, but not the handles like outlined in the video.

How do I make them show or does something different need to happen with this version?

Andrew Larson
Andrew Larson
12,912 Points

If you click on those little squares do the handles show up?

Also ensure that you have the Direct Selection Tool selected and not the Path Selection Tool.

Should show up if you select "A" for Direct Selection Tool and click on a path point. If you don't see any paths outlines you might have Edges Hidden (View > Hide Edges). If you have a curved shape (i.e. an ellipse you should see paths and anchor points. If the path does not have any curves (i.e. it's a square) click on a point with the Anchor Point Tool (Shift + C) and drag.

Anthony Lucio
Anthony Lucio
20,431 Points

Tony Jessup's answer worked for me. Thanks Tony.

5 Answers

Hello Benjamin,

In step three of your process, pressing the a key will activate the selection tool, whereas what you are wanting is the direct selection tool, which can be reached using shift-a or by long-clicking the selection tool and choosing direct selection.

I just fired up Photoshop CC 2014, and was able to access the bezier curve handles.

I hope this helps.

Nicklas Millard
Nicklas Millard
9,542 Points

Got it ! I had hide egdes "on". Press CMD + H and it will show u the handles! Good luck! :-D

Ian Seabrook
Ian Seabrook
Courses Plus Student 14,085 Points

Hi Benjamin,

I was stuck on this a few days ago too. I think there's an additional step in Adobe CC which is:

  1. double-click on the anchor point (those little squares on the ellipse path).

This made the bezier handles appear for me.

Nicklas Millard
Nicklas Millard
9,542 Points

I have the same problem. Also Adobe AI CC. None of the suggestions have helped :-(

I'm having the same issue photoshop cc on windows 7 and none of the suggestions are working. When I click on the few squares that do show up, the options menu is popping up and asking me to enter height and width for a new eclipse.