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How to draw an irregular, configurable path?

Community Beginner ,
Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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Does there exist a way to create an irregular spline-like path that one could subsequently "nudge" into the desired contour, then stroke with a dashed pattern?  I've searched for help and tutorials on the subject, but have come up empty.

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Contributor , Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

I am not sure I understand the question but one way to draw an irregular path in photoshop is to use the free-form pen tool, like in this screenshot

Imaginerie_2-1668627158117.png

 

 

note the drop down menu that says "shape" in the contextual banner on top.
To nudge it you need to use the direct selection tool

The white arrow

Imaginerie_1-1668626782736.png

 

the black arrow being used to move the whole path, not the individual nodes.

 

To create the dash line, change the continuous line on the top contextual menu to "dash", check the options from there...

Imaginerie_3-1668627254234.png

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I am not sure I understand the question but one way to draw an irregular path in photoshop is to use the free-form pen tool, like in this screenshot

Imaginerie_2-1668627158117.png

 

 

note the drop down menu that says "shape" in the contextual banner on top.
To nudge it you need to use the direct selection tool

The white arrow

Imaginerie_1-1668626782736.png

 

the black arrow being used to move the whole path, not the individual nodes.

 

To create the dash line, change the continuous line on the top contextual menu to "dash", check the options from there...

Imaginerie_3-1668627254234.png

Not sure if that's what you wanted, let me know!

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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This appears to be what I'm trying to accomplish.  I will give it a go tonight and report back. Regardless, many thanks for taking time to post such a constructive reply.

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You're most welcome. Please report back!

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Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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This technique works like a champ. Thanks!

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Nov 16, 2022 Nov 16, 2022

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@mark_proulx 

Honestly, I don't even begin to understand what you are trying to do.

 

Can you please show an example picture or sketch?

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Thank you for responding.  I apologize if I came across as cryptic; this was certainly not my intent. Take a look at Imaginerie's response above; they appear to have nailed it.

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