This article analyzes the formability data sets for aluminum killed steel (Laukonis, J. V., and Ghosh, A. K., 1978, “Effects of Strain Path Changes on the Formability of Sheet Metals
,” Metall. Trans. A., 9, pp. 1849–1856), for Al 2008-T4 (Graf, A., and Hosford, W., 1993, “Effect of Changing Strain Paths on Forming Limit Diagrams of Al 2008-T4
,” Metall. Trans. A, 24A, pp. 2503–2512) and for Al 6111-T4 (Graf, A., and Hosford, W., 1994, “The Influence of Strain-Path Changes on Forming Limit Diagrams of Al 6111 T4
,” Int. J. Mech. Sci., 36, pp. 897–910). These articles present strain-based forming limit curves for both as-received and prestrained sheets. Using phenomenological yield functions, and assuming isotropic hardening, the are transformed into principal stress space to obtain stress-based forming limit curves and the principal stresses are transformed into effective stress and mean stress space to obtain the extended stress-based forming limit curves (XSFLCs). A definition of path dependence for the and XSFLC is proposed and used to classify the obtained limit curves as path dependent or independent. The path dependence of forming limit stresses is observed for some of the prestrain paths. Based on the results, a novel criterion that, with a knowledge of the forming limit stresses of the as-received material, can be used to predict whether the limit stresses are path dependent or independent for a given prestrain path is proposed. The results also suggest that kinematic hardening and transient hardening effects may explain the path dependence observed in some of the prestrain paths.