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Create straight lines in a snap with the tool of your choice (7/CS/CS2)

Added on Tuesday 28th of March 2006 01:12 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS/CS2

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


You don’t necessarily need a steady hand to draw a straight line in Photoshop. The Pen tool is an obvious tool choice to get the job done, but then you wind up with a path which you still need to stroke, or a vector mask which doesn’t have an outline. It’s actually quite simple to get straight lines with the other drawing and painting tools in Photoshop’s toolbox.


To draw or paint straight angled lines:

1.   Choose the Brush tool brush or the Pencil tool pencil from the Toolbox.

2.   Configure the tool’s options on the Options Bar.

3.   Press [shift] and click on an area of your canvas where you want your line to begin.

4.   Continue to press [shift] and click in another area of your canvas where you want the line to end.

5.   Repeat step 4 as many times as you want new segments added to your line.

For perfectly straight vertical or horizontal lines, follow steps 1-2 and then click and hold on your canvas with your selected tool first, ...


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