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I'm a newbie to photoshop, so I have no clue whatsoever to fix this problem.

 

I was playing around with some of the tools, and then when i tried to use the Line tool on my canvas, it came out as an arrowhead. I have a guide for photoshop, but it's outdated and is talking about version five. It wasn't very useful. I also tried looking it up in the Help section on photoshop.

 

It showed ways to set shape tool options, by clicking that little arrow on the top bar, while having a tool selected. So I tried this, and the options window came out as titled "Arrowhead" It showed options of 2 checkboxes, Start and End, and 3 other options, labelled Length, Width and Concavity, which you could fill in with different percentages. What do I do to fix the arrowhead back to a line?

 

Probably sounds like a fool's question, but I do need some help with this. :?

 

Thanks in advance.

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It's hard to understand exactly what you're asking for, but I assume that you want the arrowhead gone, and just a plain old line, yes?

 

If so, just uncheck both the "Start" and "End" checkboxes in the little "arrowheads" palette, and no more arrowhead. It's baffling to me why Adobe sets this on by default, photoshop isn't a common tool for architects!

 

EDIT: Ah your thread subtitle makes it clearer, sorry.

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Originally posted by FreakTornado@Aug 14 2004, 01:31 AM

It's hard to understand exactly what you're asking for, but I assume that you want the arrowhead gone, and just a plain old line, yes?

That's correct.

 

Yes, I tried that already, but I noticed that it's not actually a solid line... it's more of a very thin rectangle. It's more noticable when zoomed in. Another strange thing is that the colour of the line always stays the same. It seems that it can't be changed to a different colour. The line just stays a light gray. Is it supposed to be doing this?

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First off, I'm not sure what version of PS you're using, if it's CS then things could be different. I haven't upgraded yet.

 

The line tool creates a layer (if you look at the layers palette, you should see a new layer appear when you draw a line). The layer has two parts, represented by two boxes side by side, the left box is the fill color of the line, the other is the 'vector' outline of the line (which the rectangular box you're seeing). You should only see the outline when you have the layer selected, if you de-select the line's layer, you should be left with a colored line.

 

Unfortunately, I don't have any more time, I've got an airplane to catch, but hopefully that will get you going.

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There's another way to make straight lines, using the pencil or the brush.

 

1. Select the pencil or brush you want to use.

 

2. Click at one point in your image and SHIFT-CLICK at the other point. Photoshop will make a straight line between the two points.

 

You can also make perfectly horizontal or vertical lines:

 

1. Select the pencil or brush you want to use.

2. Click and hold in the image.

3. Press and hold the SHIFT key.

4. Drag the tool while continuing to press SHIFT. In other words, press SHIFT right after you begin the drag and hold SHIFT throught the drag proces.

5. Release the drag.

 

-j

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