Hello all. I've been using a very old version of Photoshop for the last 10 years and I'm used to using the shift key to extend a line or paint stroke. By that I mean, I use the paint tool to make a dot and then hold down the shift key and make another dot elsewhere and that creates a straight line. I just purchased CS6 and that function doesn't seem to be happening. Is this something I need to activate in a preference?
Thanks very much for any and all help.
The function still applies but you may have chosen a Brush Preset with a Pressure sensitive Shape Dynamics (or other) property.
Could you please post a screenshot with the pertinent Panels visible?
I thought you may have nailed the problem, but I went ahead and turned "Pen Pressure" off and I still can't use the shift key to create/extend a line. Here's a screen capture of the Shape Dynamics panel? Is there something else I'm using on my brushes that's disabling the shift key extender? Thanks much.
Doh! I had "Always use pressure for opacity" checked. When I unchecked it, the Shift key feature worked fine! It would have taken hours of futzing around to figure that one out. But too bad I can't have that Pressure/Opacity feature on and still use the shift--but maybe one cancels the other one out. You're a genius and just a nice guy for taking this time with me. Very appreciated C.
That IS very strange Noel. I just tried it again and if any of those two "pressure" buttons are activated, the shift key doesn't extend the line (like it's doing for you). And that sucks because I would ALWAYS like to have the pressure sensitivity buttons on and be able to use the shift key at the same time. There must be some other function I have activated that cancels out the shift key function.
By the way, where did you get the gif software to record your desktop activity?? Is that a basic program that comes with most new computers?
Thanks for the help Noel.
I don't have a tablet, so pressure sensitivity makes no sense for me. I assume you have one, which may explain the difference in operation.
I use IrfanView, set to capture the display every 5 seconds and save the results in a PNG file, then methodically work through examples. When done, I load all the saved images into a stack and make a frame animation in Photoshop. It's not too difficult once gone through a few times. Most folks might suggest getting a desktop video recording tool, though, like Camtasia or Captivator. With a video you get smoother motion and you can narrate.