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I was doing some drwaing with the pencil tool and I've missed a shortcut to draw straight lines.

Like pressing shift (i.e.) enables to draw a vertical or horizontal line and pressing alt(i.e.) would draw straight limes at a angle of 5º or 10º steps.

 

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The Pencil Tool is for drawing freehand. Why would you use it for drawing straight lines? If you want straight lines, use the Pen Tool in 'Line' mode (or 'Polygon' mode).


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Well, the hintline for the Pencil Tool tells me to "DRAG to start drawing freehand." However, it also tells me, "Ctrl to use Node Tool."

 

When I use Ctrl to switch temporarily to the Node Tool, I find that I can Alt-click to remove the handles so that I get a straight line. Having said that, there's no obvious way to make that straight line perfectly horizontal or vertical.


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The pencil tool is for drawing. Period. And you should be able to constrain it to straight horizontal or vertical lines.

 

Yes, it should act like in Freehand -- drawing straight lines while a modifier key is pressed, and curves without modifier key.


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I'm always awed by the narrow-minded replys that I keep getting with my ideas

 

But fortunately I'm not the only one finding that this idea can be very handy.

 

Other solution would be adding a polyline tool like the one Corel Draw has. But working simply as Petar_MK described would be enough.

 

Thanks 

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