How To Draw A Diagonal Line In Photoshop

Drawing a straight line in Photoshop is difficult, but diagonal lines? This is where most people feel lost. We have got your back. 

To draw a diagonal line, select the Line tool, select Shape in the properties panel, hold down the Shift key, and drag the cursor across the document diagonally. That was easy, right?

Please continue reading to learn more about how diagonal lines can add variance to designs. 

Why Are Diagonal Lines Used In Graphic Design?

Diagonal lines are used in graphic design to add visual interest and draw the viewer’s eye to a particular focal point. They can also be used to create movement within a design. Diagonal lines can develop a sense of energy or action in a design and divide a composition into sections or add depth and perspective.

Making A Diagonal Line In Photoshop

To draw a diagonal line:

  1. Look for the Line tool in the tools panel. Select this. 
  2. In the properties panel on top, select Shape. 
  3. Hold down the Shift key and drag the line across the document. Release when you are done and satisfied with the length. 
  4. Your diagonal line will be ready. 

How To Increase Or Decrease The Width Of A Diagonal Line In Photoshop?

Is the diagonal line you drew less thick than you want? Follow the instructions below to fix the issue. 

  1. Select the line you wish to change the thickness of. 
  2. Go to Windows and select the Properties menu. 
  3. In the dialog box that opens, look for the Appearance section.
  4. Here, click on the downward arrow next to the box that shows the number of pixels. 
  5. A slider would appear. 
  6. Drag the slider to the left to decrease the thickness of the line.
  7. Drag the slider to the right to increase the thickness of the line.
  8. If you have a particular number of pixels in mind, enter the number of pixels in the box. 

How To Change The Color Of The Diagonal Line?

To change the color of your line:

  1. Draw a new diagonal line or select an existing line. 
  2. Go to Windows in the top panel, and choose Properties. 
  3. In the dialog box that opens, look for the Appearance section. 
  4. Go to Stroke, and pick a new color according to your liking. 
  5. You can even make a new color from the color picker. 

How To Duplicate A Diagonal Line In Photoshop?

To duplicate the diagonal line:

  1. Select the line that you wish to copy. 
  2. Press the Alt. the key if you are a Windows user or the Option key on Mac. 
  3. With the key still pressed, drag your cursor away from the original line. 
  4. A duplicated line will appear. 
  5. Repeat for as many lines as you want. 

How To Invert A Diagonal Line in Photoshop?

To invert a line:

  1. Select an existing diagonal line or draw a new one. 
  2. Go to Windows and select Properties. 
  3. In the dialog box, look for the Transform section. 
  4. In the row that shows the angle, change the value. 
  5. Instead of -45, enter a discount of 45. The sign needs to be changed to invert the line. 

How To Extend A Diagonal Line?

Does the diagonal line need to be longer? Look at the steps below to learn how to fix this. 

  1. Select the Move tool in the tools panel. 
  2. Select the line you wish to extend. 
  3. Now select the Pen tool from the tools panel.
  4. A small circle would appear at both ends of the line. 
  5. Select the circle, hold down the Shift key, and drag it to extend the line. 
  6. Release when you are satisfied with the length. 

How To Turn Any Line Into A Diagonal Line?

Do you have multiple lines and want to experiment with turning them into diagonal ones? This may seem like a task, but there is an easy way. To do so:

  1. Select the line that you wish to transform into a diagonal line. 
  2. Select the Move tool from the tools panel.
  3. Go to Windows and select Properties. 
  4. In the dialog box, under the Transform section, look for the angle. 
  5. Enter an angle of 45 or -45 degrees, depending on your desired direction. 
  6. The line will be changed into a straight diagonal line. 

How To Make A Dashed Diagonal Line?

A dashed diagonal line adds variety. To achieve this: 

  1. Select the line you wish to change. 
  2. In the Tools panel, select the Move tool. 
  3. Go to Windows > Properties. 
  4. In the dialog box, go to the Appearance section. 
  5. Look for the Stroke option, which shows a straight line. 
  6. Click on this, and a drop-down will appear. 
  7. At the bottom, click the Dashed line and enter the number of dashes you require. 
  8. You may also use the presets that are available. 

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Conclusion

Diagonal lines are a great way to add structure and versatility to your designs. There are so many things that you can do with just one diagonal line. We have briefed you on seven ways a diagonal line can be maneuvered to fit into designs.