Photoshop: Make the line tool work like the similar tools do in Illustrator and InDesign

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A real line tool would be great in Photoshop. Both Illustrator's and InDesign's line tools work the same way (create a path of a certain width/weight) but Photoshop just expands the line into a rectangle of the set width/weight.

Let's say you were to create a line in PS and one in Illustrator. If you just drag out a line in PS you get a rectangle with that is 1px wide and has 4 points, in Illustrator you get a line that is 1px wide and has 2 points. If I do any kind of modification to the line in PS the width option breaks since it's actually just a rectangle with a preset width but in Illustrator I can drag the points around however I want and I can change the width of the line at any time. What's even worse is when I want to add more points to my line in PS. Say I want to go from a straight line to a half circle. In Illustrator i would just add a point in between the two lines and drag it up. Done. In PS I have to create two points (one for the top line and one for the bottom) and manually adjust the placement of each point to make sure that the width stays consistent. Photoshop also doesn't have any options for the start and end points of the line like any ot the other programs.

A massive pain. Why this hasn't been addressed sooner is beyond me.
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Nikola Durkan

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Chris Cox

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I'm sorry that you haven't noticed all the things that the line tool does in Photoshop -- but the choice to create a filled shape was not arbitrary, it was in fact required to make the line tool do all the things it does in Photoshop. Also, Photoshop already has the pen tool for creating simple vector lines and shapes.
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Nikola Durkan

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I think you misunderstand what I'm trying to do. Here is a quick illustration of the issue:



The example 1 is from Sketch but it works the same way in Illustrator and InDesign. I create a shape with the pen tool (should be the same with the line tool if it's only two points). Only 3 points are needed to create the curve.

If we look at what Photoshop produces with 3 points (example 2) we see that it tries to close the shape which is not the desired effect in this case. The logical solution would be to use the line tool but to recreate this curve with the line tool require a lot more work which brings me to example 3.

Here I've created a line and added two extra points in the middle to control the curvature. This brings the total up to 6 control points needed to do the same shape and a lot of fiddling with the anchors to get the angles right and try to maintain roughly the same line width throughout the shape.

Hope this clears it up a bit more.
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You can already do that quite easily in Photoshop.
Turn off the fill on the shape you are creating with the pen tool.
And the line tool is very, very, very wrong for what you are trying to do.
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Nikola Durkan

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Ah, totally missed that stroke option! In that case this is indeed already implemented. Thanks!
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Erling

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But why is it then called a LINE tool? The intuitive use of such a tool would be that it draws a line - which is the reason why both Nicola and me got frustrated when we tryed to use this tool.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I would suggest that the line tool draws lines and not rectangles..

Dear Adobe,

Please could you consider making your line tool a line tool, rather than a tool that draws rectangles.

Everytime I draw a line I have to delete two of the vector point the the stroke will actually apply.

Thanks.
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When you click the line tool, the toolbar at the top has a weight setting, set that to 1px :)  Had this issue too!