Using Drawing Tools to Create Lines
You can create straight lines in Photoshop in several ways.
Vertical and Horizontal Lines
Using the Brush or Pencil Tool (B), move the cursor to the position from which you’d like the line to start on your document. Click and hold down the mouse button.
Hold down the Shift key to constrain mouse movement to straight lines, then drag the cursor to draw your line. Release the mouse button to complete the line.
Using the Brush or Pencil Tool (B), position the cursor at the point from which you’d like the line to start and click once (releasing the mouse button this time). Hold down Shift and click on the spot where you’d like your line to end. Photoshop will connect the dots with a straight line.
If you want to make vector lines, use the Line Tool (U), position your cursor , then click and drag. Hold down the Shift key if you want to constrain mouse movement to vertical, horizontal, or 45-degree lines. You can modify the color , stroke, and weight of the line in the options bar.
In today’ s environment of devices with different resolutions, you’re better off using vector shapes whenever possible. Vector shapes, unlike raster layers, can be resized bigger or smaller without losing graphic information. If you need to make a version of a graphic at 96ppi and another version at 72ppi, a vector graphic will allow you to make that change without any problem, whereas you’re likely to face more loss of quality with a raster-based image. Continue reading…