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Old 09-10-2008, 03:49 AM
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Help with creating curving lines.

I quite often want to create lines in my manips that are curving, or even curly...ie non-staight lines.An example would might be the attached pic, where I want to 'draw' 3 curving lines between the lower points of the two hearts. Like a necklace with 3 strands, each hanging one below the other.

I'm guessing the way to do it is to create a new layer, make a circular selection that meets both points in an arc, then continues round in a circle, apply stroke, and then erase that bit of the stroke not wanted. (ie just leaving the bit of the circle between the points of the hearts.) Then repeat the same exercise with bigger or smaller, or more or less oblong circles. At the end you should (hopefully) be left with 3 arcs between the points of the hearts.

Two problems.
1) I couldn't select the circle freehand, I'm too clumsy. I also don't think you can use the circular selection tool precisely enough to touch both points of the heart. (Or I don't know how to do that.)
2) I might also want to make the line a bit curvy or wavy in parts, rather than it being a plain arc.

Basically I'm wondering if there is any way to manipulate selections so you can create controlled curves with them. (Using stroke to create the body of the line...) Unless of course there is another way of introducing curved lines....

Hope this isn't too muddling!
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:13 AM
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Re: Help with creating curving lines.

Got Photoshop?
Use the Pen Tool.
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:24 AM
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Re: Help with creating curving lines.

Not sure if this is going to help, but wouldn't this be a use for the pen tool? Draw a path, then use the path selection tool and stroke the path?
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:32 AM
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Re: Help with creating curving lines.

Thank you mfischer and Photodivauk! I have never used the pen tool. Now is obviously the time start experimenting .....
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:06 AM
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Re: Help with creating curving lines.

Canna W,
The pen tool would be the way to go. Try this - after you apply a stroke on its own layer, go to edit/transform/warp. Use the warp tool to apply curves to the stroke.
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Old 09-10-2008, 08:38 AM
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Re: Help with creating curving lines.

The advice here is correct. The Pen Tool is the tool of choice. If you have not used the Pen Tool before it can be a frustrating exercise. Here is a video tutorial that may help you. http://www.photoworkshop.com/adobe/s...pp/index5.html

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Old 09-10-2008, 11:04 AM
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Re: Help with creating curving lines.

Yes, the pen tool is the way to go here. Perhaps this will help:
http://www.davesdfr.com/Media/PenTool2.htm
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:56 PM
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Re: Help with creating curving lines.

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For the very simple curves I want I will certainly try that, thank you! What a good idea.

ktg222 and Dave Cox
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Those tutorials were fantastic! It makes me wonder why I have been shying away from the pen tool for such a long time. I'd heard it was difficult, but it obviously isn't impossible. It also sounds incredibly useful...

Thank you again for those refs - it was a hundred times easier watching the video tutorials than it would have been if I'd just tried doing it using my Photoshop manuals.... I'm going to watch them a few times more before I have a go. But I will have a go soon!

Thanks very much for your suggestions.
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:40 PM
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Re: Help with creating curving lines.

You're welcome.
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:32 PM
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Re: Help with creating curving lines.

Glad that this helped.
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