How to Draw Straight Lines on Pictures in Photoshop

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Photoshop's straight line tool is an excellent way to draw straight lines on pictures in Photoshop. Draw straight lines with the help of a graphic designer using this free video.

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Hello, my name is Traci Parrish. I'm a graphic designer, and I'm going to show you today how to draw straight lines using Photoshop. There are a few different tools that you can use to draw straight lines. The first is the line tool. We'll select the line tool and we'll create a new layer. Select where you want your line, click and hold and drag. As you can see, one end stays fixed while the other end moves with your mouse. If you select shift, the line will stay straight and you can extend it as long as you would like. Same for vertical, like so. To make a diagonal line you would simply click and drag. The next tool you can use is the paint brush. Select the paint brush tool and then select the paint brush that you'd like to use. I'm just going to select a simple round brush. The same concept goes. If I were to just draw free form, as you can see the line would not be straight. But if I click on a point, hold, hold the shift button down and drag, it makes a straight line. If I click and point, going to another end, hit the shift button and click again it will connect the two lines, shift and click. The next tool we can use is the pen tool. I select the pen tool, make a new layer and make a point by clicking. I make another point by clicking again. As you can see the line connects but it's not straight across. If I want it to be straight, I would click, hold the shift button and click again and it connects the lines perfectly straight. Same with vertically, if I click two more points it will connect into a shape. By clicking on the other end and dragging I can create a curve. And that was a simple way to draw straight lines using Photoshop.

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