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Sorry if this is a very stupid question.

But I need to draw a single straight line.

So I select the Pen Tool, hold down the Shift key to make it perfectly horizontal, draw it and it appears. Good.

But then as soon as I click the Move Tool the line disappears!

Why?

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I have discovered that additionally after having drawn the line I have to pull on one of its ends to actually draw the line.

Why can I not simply draw a line like with a real pen in the real world?

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Click once at the starting point of the line, hold "Shift" pressed and double-click at the place chosen for the end of the line. The line is straight.

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Thanks reglico. With the Line Mode button, it works. No need to double-click.

Why is the Line Mode button (or one of the other Mode buttons) not automatically selected when I click the Pen Tool?

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5 minutes ago, PeterPanino said:

Thanks reglico. With the Line Mode button, it works. No need to double-click.

Why is the Line Mode button (or one of the other Mode buttons) not automatically selected when I click the Pen Tool?

Double-click to exit the line. Without double-clicking, if you click again at another location with the "Pen Tool" tool, the line will continue. This avoids going through the tool "Move tool" to leave it.

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7 minutes ago, PeterPanino said:

Thanks reglico. With the Line Mode button, it works. No need to double-click.

Why is the Line Mode button (or one of the other Mode buttons) not automatically selected when I click the Pen Tool?

Most people use the Pen tool to draw shapes.


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5 minutes ago, PeterPanino said:

How can I have the ends of the line have arrows?

At the moment there is no tool "Arrows", this must be added in a later version

In the meantime you can vectorize the line and draw the arrow by adding nodes.

 

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11 minutes ago, PeterPanino said:

How can I have the ends of the line have arrows?

 

You can't. You have to use arrows in shapes.

 

Lots of choices though.

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3 minutes ago, toltec said:

Most people use the Pen tool to draw shapes.

That's true but PeterPanino was talking about drawing a single straight line.

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Just now, reglico said:

That's true but PeterPanino was talking about drawing a single straight line.

 

I know. 

 

But if you set the default to draw straight lines for some people, the people who want to draw shapes would say "Why is the Line Mode automatically selected when I click the Pen Tool" ? >:(

 

You can't please everybody 9_9 


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Sorry for the wrong translation: develop "Layers" and choose "Expand Stroke".

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4 minutes ago, PeterPanino said:

Thanks for your patience reglico. But I cannot find the Vectorize command. Only the Rasterize command.

 

A line is already a vector. You can't vectorize a vector.

 


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1 minute ago, toltec said:

 

A line is already a vector. You can't vectorize a vector.

 

"Expand Stroke" transforms the line into shape and allows to modify the outline of this shape.

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20 minutes ago, reglico said:

At the moment there is no tool "Arrows", this must be added in a later version

 

I meant the shape tool 

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Exemple de ligne avant et après "Expand Stroke".

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7 minutes ago, PeterPanino said:

Ah, the Arrow Shape. That seems to be better. But the thickness of the line seems to be synchronized with the thickness of the arrows. How can I set them separately?

Fill sets the fill

Stroke sets the stroke, colour or thickness

 

Black fill, 3pt yellow stroke

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thicker stroke ;)

 

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if you click on Scale with object it will change as you scale it


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3 minutes ago, reglico said:

Exemple de ligne avant et après "Expand Stroke".

Stroke.png

A lot easier to just use the Arrow shape tool to make an arrow shape ;)

 

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4 minutes ago, toltec said:

I meant the shape tool 

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Yes, I should have specified tool to add different types of head and end of line. That is why I proposed to draw the head and tail of the arrow after vectoring the outline of the line. This makes it possible to precisely make the start and arrow patterns you want.

Then they can be put in the Assets "for later use.

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Just now, reglico said:

Yes, I should have specified tool to add different types of head and end of line. That is why I proposed to draw the head and tail of the arrow after vectoring the outline of the line. This makes it possible to precisely make the start and arrow patterns you want.

Then they can be put in the Assets "for later use.

I've only just loaded Designer and actually learned a fair bit from what you posted, I didn't know about expand stroke.

 

So Merci :)


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