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Hardness Option for the Line Tool


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The hardness option of the pen tool is incredibly helpful for editing ink scans, to fix up lines and such. With it, I can almost exactly match the appearance of lines that were scanned in. However, I don't exactly have a very steady hand, so it's easier to do some lines using the line tool. The problem is that the line tool doesn't have a hardness option.

 

As a workaround, right now I do a thin line at 255 alpha, then a thicker line on top of it at a lower alpha. It does basically the same thing, but it takes a lot longer due to it being harder to get right on the first try.

 

Someone may have suggested this before, but I couldn't find it on here, so I figured that it wouldn't hurt if I suggested it as well.

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Hardness is basically simulating a gaussian blur. So you could draw a line and then apply the Effects -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur effect, either to the original line (which must be drawn on its own layer!) or to a copy (of that layer, moved below the original).

 

Overall, I'd like to extend the shapes system to be able to apply what other apps call "styles" (IIRC). This would automatically do things like adding drop shadows or whatever in real-time and non-destructively.

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