5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 26, 2010 7:27 PM by - JM -

    anti-alias option for pencil

    - JM - Level 3

      sure you can do this with the brush tool, but wouldn't it be nice to quickly pickup the pencil tool with anti-aliased edges without having to change your brush settings. And as features go this is just one check box away from being done.

        • 1. Re: anti-alias option for pencil
          - JM - Level 3

          it's even curious as to why we have the option to adjust the hardness of a pencil edge when it doesn't effect anything......

          • 2. Re: anti-alias option for pencil
            Level 7

            How does the pencil differ from the paint brush:  the brush is thresholded to give a hard edge.

             

            If you want a soft edge, the pencil tool is the wrong tool to use.

            If you want a hard edge, and no chance of anti-aliasing, then the pencil tool is the correct choice.

            • 3. Re: anti-alias option for pencil
              - JM - Level 3

              >If you want a soft edge, the pencil tool is the wrong tool to use.

               

              that's why I posted in the feature request area : )

               

              I understand the difference, I'm just saying that it would be nice to grab a hard/anti-aliased pencil for quick markups, tweaking masks etc. without having to change my current brush.

               

              The thought was to add an option to a very, very limited tool.  Anti-aliased  or no Anti-aliasing.  2 options that's all.

               

              thanks

              • 4. Re: anti-alias option for pencil
                Level 7

                The point of the pencil tool is that it is hard edged, not soft.

                Adding soft edges defeats the purpose of the tool, and repeats functionality from the brush tool.

                • 5. Re: anti-alias option for pencil
                  - JM - Level 3

                  > repeats functionality from the brush tool.

                   

                  that's the best thing about PS, that there are so many overlapping concepts/tools. This wouldn't destroy the lowly pencil tool it can still be hard-edged, but also give it more life to do other things with an anti-aliased option. It's always wanted to be something more than just be a hard-edged pencil. Because if we follow the idea of redundant tools we might as well just remove the pencil tool and give us an option for a hard-edged brush and put the pencil to pasture.