PHOTOSHOP CC: How can I change the line width?

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 6 months ago
  • Answered
  • (Edited)
When I drew a line (or stripe?) with "linedrawer-tool" (I use german version) I can't change the strength of the line anymore after it's done. With the other tools from the same sub-menu I can change details later again and again. But not with the line-drawer-tool. Changing the amount of pixels seems to have no effect.

best regards

Robert
Photo of Robert Beer

Robert Beer

  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 4 years ago

  • 1
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 813 Reply Likes
Which version of Photoshop are you using?
Are you drawing a shape layer, pixels, or a path with the line tool?
Photo of Robert Beer

Robert Beer

  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I use CC 14.0
I used shape.
I just tried path but after drwaing it nothing happend.
Then I used pixel and the line appears, but I can't change the strength also.
I'm an amateur user.
It looks to me like a bug.
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 764 Reply Likes
First, go install all the CC updates. You should be on 14.2.1 or 15.0 (CC 2014).

What you are describing is not a bug.

In path mode, you are creating just a path without any content.

In pixel mode, you are putting down pixels - and they cannot be changed after the fact.

In shape layer mode, you are creating a vector shape, but after creating it you can only change the fill and stroke - not the width of the line you created. Only some of the shape layers (rectangle and rounded rectangle) are currently editable after they are created.
Photo of Paul Garner

Paul Garner

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I have the same problem in CS6. It's obviously a bug, you can change the other stroke settings but not the stroke width. Therefore the line tool is functionally broken. It may be a 'known' bug, or a bug Adobe don't intend to fix, but it's still a bug.
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 764 Reply Likes
No, this is not a bug in any way.
Double check the line tool settings -- most likely you are confusing the line width with the stroke width (they are two independent things).
Photo of Paul Garner

Paul Garner

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I got a proper answer on graphicdesign.stackexchange.com ...it turns out the line tool in Photoshop is not like any other vector gfx program, it makes a rectangle (2D) instead of a line (1D). In any other gfx tool there is no 'line width' since a line is properly just a stroked path. But in Photoshop it's a rectangle, and the default stroke position is 'inside' so you can't see any changes to the stroke width (unless you made a really 'wide' line and have a thin stroke). You're right this isn't a bug, it's just a retarded implementation.
Photo of Robert Beer

Robert Beer

  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
okay thank you for the answer. But wouldn't it be better to make it editable?

bye

Robert
Photo of Chris Cox

Chris Cox

  • 20280 Posts
  • 764 Reply Likes
Yes, at some point we'd like to make more of the vector shapes editable - but rounded rectangle came first.
Photo of william straub

william straub

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
It is misleading to display parameters as ostentatiously"active" (not greyed out) for qualities such as weight when using the line tool in PS (CC 2017) in Shape mode.

The universal convention for UX/UI is to inform the user of options via long established interactive cues, apparently an essential nuance lost on Adobe dev.