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P: Arrow Tool percentage setting not allowed anymore

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LEGEND ,
Aug 13, 2021 Aug 13, 2021

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I am trying to change the setting on my line tool arrow option to be a percentage of the line vs. just a pixel setting, but PS won't allow it. This is critical, because I have lines of different lengths and widths, and the arrowhead needs to be responsive based on the line it is drawn with.

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Adobe Employee , Nov 14, 2021 Nov 14, 2021
I've asked engineering to look at adding this back.
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Explorer ,
May 03, 2021 May 03, 2021

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When Photoshop 22.x came out, we discovered that the line tool had been changed completely. It took months for it to finally be fixed. However, the arrowheads are still not fixed. The proportional (percentage) sizing is not there. Working with arrowheads is a disaster. My choices are to stay with 21.x or manually calculate every single arrowhead - which destroys my productivity and efficiency.

PLEASE advise as to when we can expect the proportional (percentage) sizing to be restored for arrowheads in 22.x. Better yet, give users the choice to size either with pixels or proportions (percentages).

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Explorer ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Under Windows 10, Photoshop CC allows the user to set the width and length of a line's arrowhead by percentage (%), but under macOS one has to constantly calculate appropriate widths and lengths as one changes the line's width. At least under macOS one can now specify a line width with pixels, something that was missing for no practical reason for a long time, too.

 

Without percentages, this is incredibly tedious - and it worked for two decades in Photoshop CS and older. Anyone who marks up images with lines with arrowheads needs that feature back.

 

Please update!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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You can raise feature requests at the link below , where they will be seen by Adobe staff.
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family

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Explorer ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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Thanks, but it is not a new feature; Adobe removed it from CC for whatever bizarre reason, and it is present in the Windows 10 version.

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Explorer ,
May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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@mark_dahm Could you please provide an update to the restoration of this very valuable tool?

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Explorer ,
Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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@mark_dahm 

Has there been any progress on giving the users BOTH options for the arrowheads - pixels and percentages? I keep trying to get an answer on this, and I get nothing. I am not alone in my frustration over (1) the lack of communication from Adobe; and (2) the tremendous loss of workflow efficiency due to the extreme change of functionality of a very simple tool.

Why is Adobe refusing to even acknowledge that this functionality is something that a lot of people still want? Why can't we have both options? Why doesn't Adobe understand that Photoshop is NOT Illustrator?

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Explorer ,
Aug 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021

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This is a problem that Adobe has refused to acknowledge since 22.0 was released last year. I, too, rely on the percentages to change my arrowheads, but evidently you and I are the only ones in the entire world who use this feature. 😕  Because of this, I am still using 21.X, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
See below for my only workaround when I do have to use 22.X. Good luck!
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LEGEND ,
Aug 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021

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That's incredibly helpful! Thanks a bunch for writing this up.  

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Explorer ,
Aug 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021

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You are very welcome. I've been on this since October of last year.

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Explorer ,
Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

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One year after the disaster of Photoshop 22.x having arrowheads that do not function correctly, I installed 23.x hoping that maybe they would have been fixed once and for all. But no. The arrowheads are still only able to be sized by exact pixels, not percentages. This is completely unacceptable.

 

This is the graphic I made last year explaining why the percentages are needed for arrowheads. Quite a number of fellow long-time users agreed. And still nothing!! Why can't we even get an answer on this?

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Explorer ,
Oct 27, 2021 Oct 27, 2021

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Me, too.

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New Here ,
Oct 28, 2021 Oct 28, 2021

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I have Creative Cloud and recently installed v23. It removed my v21.x and will no longer show 21.x in the Older Versions list. Does anybody know how I can download 21.x so I can get the arrowhead sizing option by percentages? Changing it to exact pixels only is just plain stupid.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 31, 2021 Oct 31, 2021

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I have submitted an idea that Adobe should fix the line tool to work like Photoshop's legacy line tool volt for that.

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 14, 2021 Nov 14, 2021

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I've asked engineering to look at adding this back.


Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging
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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 14, 2021 Nov 14, 2021

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Thank you.

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Explorer ,
Nov 15, 2021 Nov 15, 2021

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 

Please keep us updated on the status.

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Explorer ,
Nov 15, 2021 Nov 15, 2021

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It's all available in the Windows 10 version, as it ever was.

 

Why line width in pixels instead of "shapes", and arrowhead functionality with percentages was deliberately (!) removed from the macOS version still remains a mystery to me. I use Photoshop since 1990 and Illustrator since 1989 and have rarely seen proven basic tools eliminated for no good reason whatsoever.

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New Here ,
Nov 23, 2021 Nov 23, 2021

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Me too. Setting arrow proportions with this ruined version of an orignal tool that didn't need touching, is a complete ******* joke!!!

If its not broken...don't inadvertantly decide to ******* wreck it!

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