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I am really missing a straight line tool a lot! I often have to draw along photos or make free drawings and the thing most often comes up is straight lines. Right now I have to put a point on the beginning and then a double point at the end and only after that I see where the line goes.

A line tool (like in FreeHand) would show the line after the first click right along where the cursor goes, and so I have perfect control over where to put the end point. All that I am missing a lot in Affinity.

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The Pen Tool has a “Line Mode”. Have you tried it?

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With pen tool use shift+click
Put in first point hold the shift key and add a new point wherever you want it to end to create a straight line.


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Yes of course it does. You can even click without shift and get a straight line. But that is not the point. You still need a doubleclick at the end and don't see where the line is going until you have set the endpoint. It is far from the ease of a line tool when you need to set a lot such lines.

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Do you mean the “rubber band” Mode that the Pen Tool has? That displays a blue line to show you how the line will looke like before you click.

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6 hours ago, Thomahawk said:

Yes of course it does. You can even click without shift and get a straight line. But that is not the point. You still need a doubleclick at the end and don't see where the line is going until you have set the endpoint. It is far from the ease of a line tool when you need to set a lot such lines.

Not if you put it in line mode - look at the "Mode" settings on the context toolbar; you want this one:

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42 minutes ago, fde101 said:

Not if you put it in line mode - look at the "Mode" settings on the context toolbar; you want this one:

image.png.4840e583dcbcd352ffc3d0c16a0a8a95.png

I don't see the line until I click on the end-point (or, at least, the 2nd node), unless I also have Rubber Band Mode activated:

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9 hours ago, fde101 said:

I drag the line when using that tool, not two clicks.

Ah. Thanks! I hadn't tried that, or had forgotten it. Yes, I think that could provide the solution that @Thomahawk is looking for.


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