The Line tool

If you aren't looking for anything special In the lines you want for your technical and background work, using the Line/Curve/Polyline tool (Line tool, for short) is the simplest method. The Line tool (and its variant Curve and Polyline functions) puts down a basic, no-frills line, curve, or freeform polygonal shape at any length or size you need.

. To use this, click the Line tool icon, located on the Tools palette. To change \ the default options, use the Tool Options palette, shown in Figure 8-1. (If the Tool Options palette isn't open, you can open it by pressing F3.)

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Here's how the basic Line tool options break down:

e* Shape: This is where you can choose whether you want to create a line, curve, or polyline shape. To switch from one tool to another, click the tool's corresponding icon. Alternatively, you can adjust the type of Line tool you want to use by holding down the Line tool button for a few seconds until the curve and polyline options pop up.

u1 Ruler ^ Create Rulers on Current Layer: When you activate this button, anything you draw with this tool draws rulers instead of inked lines. (I explain this option in the "Rulers on an image layer" section, later in this chapter.)

Line Size: This sets the thickness of the line you create.

V (Taper) In: This sets how much the starting point tapers out to the main thickness of the line. You can enter a value in the text box from 0 to 21) mm, or you can use the slider bar (activated by clicking the black triangle to the right of the text box) and adjusting that until you reach your desired taper length.

C (Taper) Out: This sets how much the line created tapers to its endpoint. You can enter a value in the text box from 0 to 20 mm, or you can use the slider bar (activated by clicking the black triangle to the right of the text box) and adjusting that until you reach your desired taper length.

is Opacity: This adjusts how transparent the line is when you draw it. You can enter a value between 0% (completely transparent) and 100% (completely opaque) in its text box, or you can use the slider bar (activated by clicking the black triangle to the right of the text box) and adjusting that until you reach your desired opacity.

C* Absorption: Used on a Vector Layer, the endpoints of the lines or curves become "magnetized," in which they join any other lines or shapes in close proximity. You can adjust the absorption strength (Weak, Medium, or Strong) by selecting from the Absorption dropdown list.

Advanced Line tool options which you can see in Figure S-2.

Clicking the Open Menu Icon at the top of the Tool Options palette and selecting Advanced Options brings up an additional group of settings to adjust,

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f* Thickness: You can adjust the roundness or flatness of the line shape by entering a value between 0 and 100 percent in the Thickness text box.

Direction: Entering a value between 0 and 360degrees in the Direction text box sets the angle the brush will lay at. This is useful only if you've changed the thickness of the line shape in any way.

V Fixed Direction: Selecting this option keeps the line angle fixed, regardless of the angle you start drawing the line.

w Lock at 45 Degrees: Selecting this option keeps the lines created locked within 45 degree intervals.

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