P: Procreate-style "live" straight lines with freehand brush tool

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 20, 2021 Nov 20, 2021

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Hi, I've seen this mentioned a couple times but haven't seen any actual discussion around it. Procreate has an amazing feature where you can hold the stylus down after drawing a freehand stroke, and it will automatically straighten the stroke from its starting point. You can then reposition the endpoint however you want, stretching the entire stroke in realtime until you let go. I think this would be an incredible addition to PS's drawing/painting toolset - I find it way easier to use in almost every scenario than the click-and-shift-click to draw a line between two points. Reasons:

 

- Procreate's tool allows you to straighten an actual stroke, including whatever pressure dynamics you may have applied along it. As far as I know, Photoshop's approach will interpolate between the stylus pressure of the starting and ending points, but doesn't really give you any active control over the stroke in between them. It's also extremely hard to get consistent/predictable results this way, and I often have to double back on lines to make them solid.

 

- Being able to visualize the line in realtime before committing is invaluable in drawing/painting. In Photoshop, if you don't know exactly where your endpoint should be, your choices are either trial-and-error, or use the line tool to create a vector line for reference and then try to draw over it.

 

Speaking as an artist/illustrator, it would be amazing to have this in Photoshop! This feature alone is a pretty big part of why I still go to Procreate for certain things.

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Community Beginner ,
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Sound like a great addition way to draw straight line in photoshop 

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It's similar to a feature that Illustrator has.

 

This doesn't give you exactly what you want, but in Photoshop you can choose Rubber Band Line to see where the path is going to be drawn.

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