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How to Draw a Straight Line Between Two Points in Illustrator Using the Brush Tool?

New Here ,
May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017

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Hello folks,

I'm sure this must have an obvious answer, but I can't find it anywhere!

In Photoshop, when you use the Brush tool and you click one point, hold shift, and then click another point, a straight line is drawn at whatever angle is between those two points. This doesn't seem to work in Illustrator. I've tried holding shift as I brush, but that only draws perfectly horizontal or vertical lines.

How can I draw a straight line between two points using the simple Brush tool in Illustrator?

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional , May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017
With the Pencil tool you can hold down Alt or Option and drag to create a straight line at any angle, but not with the Brush tool. You can use the Pencil tool or the Pen tool or drag with the Line tool to create a straight line. Then apply any brush to the path.

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May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017

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Just draw a line with any tool and then apply a brush stroke

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With the Pencil tool you can hold down Alt or Option and drag to create a straight line at any angle, but not with the Brush tool. You can use the Pencil tool or the Pen tool or drag with the Line tool to create a straight line. Then apply any brush to the path.

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Thanks, Barbara!

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May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017

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You're welcome, G Pevlin! Does that answer your question?

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New Here ,
Nov 18, 2021 Nov 18, 2021

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What is the rationale for not allowing the brush tool to possess that feature? What about Option for the eyedropper? I could go on. On the surface there's an Adobe ecosystem but really it's just completely independently developed apps that have very little to do with one another in terms of UI and chaotically interact with one another. So if you're a photoshop pro you jump on Illustrator and you have to google the most basic functions, or from premiere to after effects, etc. Totally whacky. Integration!

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Nov 18, 2021 Nov 18, 2021

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So if you're a photoshop pro you jump on Illustrator and you have to google the most basic functions,


By @floamdaddy

 

All those long term Illustrator users might object to the fact that they have to unlearn everything in order to please the "photoshop pros".

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I'm using Illustrator 25.4.1 on Mojave and by holding the Shift while using the Paintbrush tool will draw a straight line.

 

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