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Draw a simple dotted line?

#1 User is offline   Oregonian 

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 04:48 PM

I can't figure out a way just to draw a simple dotted line.

I've searched in here and couldn't find anything that tells how.
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 05:58 PM

I would do so by creating a straightline path with the Paths Tool ("Tools->Paths") and then "Edit->Stroke Path". There is an option for various dotted lines under the "Dash presets" drop-down.
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 06:23 PM

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I would do so by creating a straightline path with the Paths Tool ("Tools->Paths") and then "Edit->Stroke Path". There is an option for various dotted lines under the "Dash presets" drop-down.

Is that a fairly recent feature? cool! didn't notice it lol

My old way of doing it would be to create a pattern with 1 dot then drop the pattern onto your selection using the rectangular select tool
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 08:57 PM

Well, it's not working. I use the Paths Tool to draw my line. It's clearly dotted but it doesn't show up in the Paths layers. Just a blank layer.

What do you do to get it to "stick?"

I draw the line, click Stroke Selection, choose the paintbrush and line style, and click the Stroke button. The construction on the image that the path the tool draws just disappears when I click on something else.

I can draw a curved line and when I stroke that I get the curved line, no dotted line though. :s:
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 09:02 PM

dont choose the paintbrush choose stroke line


or if you want to use a paint brush you will have to increase the spacing over 100 (the slider at the bottom of the brush dialog) before you stroke the path
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 09:10 PM

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Is that a fairly recent feature? cool! didn't notice it lol


Nope. It's been around a while.
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 09:21 PM

CAN ANY 1 HELP ME IN MY FORM :s:
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 09:26 PM

I tried it with the default settings and still no line. I MUST be missing something in there.
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 09:58 PM

It seems to work with anything but a straight line. So my problem is not solved. There's got to be a way ...
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 10:12 PM

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It seems to work with anything but a straight line. So my problem is not solved. There's got to be a way ...


Taking a wild stab, is your line width set to "1"? If so, then activate the Rectangle Select Tool after performing your "Edit->Stroke". Your dotted line should be there (it was there all along, you just don't see it while the Paths Tool is active).
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 10:16 PM

I've done that several times and there's nothing there when I click any other tool button.

When I look in the paths dialog in the layers menu, if the line is curved or angled, then it shows up in the paths layers; a straight line doesn't show anything.
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 10:18 PM

perhaps some screenshots of what you are choosing/doing?
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 10:21 PM

Wild stab #2: DON'T hold down the shift key when creating your path points.
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 11:05 PM

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Wild stab #2: DON'T hold down the shift key when creating your path points.

I don't.
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:16 AM

Here is a screenshot of the Paths, Tools, and Image. This shot was taken AFTER I clicked Stroke Path. Click on the link to see it. The image is very long - it is as tightly scrunched as I could get it and still show everything.

As you can see in the paths, nothing shows in there. A curved line would have been a black curve up there next to where it says Unnamed.

I used bright pink as the color so it would show if a line was there and made the line width 32 px; added white bg layer so it would show better.

Click here to see
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:24 AM

unless im missing something, you dont have a path, you have 1 anchor and thats it, the 2 things coming out either side are handles that control how the line comes out of the anchor

select the path tool click to place the first point then click somewhere else and there should be a line between them, thats the path

saul your 2nd wild stab was close XD

if you want to know more about paths fenceposts tutorial is a great place to start

Creating and Using Paths
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 01:03 AM

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Arkanaktes: unless im missing something, you dont have a path, you have 1 anchor and thats it, the 2 things coming out either side are handles that control how the line comes out of the anchor
Aha! I was drawing the line by dragging my mouse!!

Clicking from one end to the other works!

Hey thank you all so much. Now I can have all the dotted lines I want. :w:

Had to show you. Such a simple thing to do, but if you don't know how ...

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 07:43 AM

adjust brush's spacing value
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then you can use pencil or paintbrush tool
holding SHIFT key to draw a straight dotted line
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:04 AM

Whoa! Now I have two ways to do it.

Thanks, JamesH! :h:
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:09 AM

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saul your 2nd wild stab was close XD

If only I hadn't fallen asleep while sharpening my knives, I would have gotten the sucker. :l:
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