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Lines with pointed ends - how do I create them?


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Hi all,

I'm probably being thick, but please can anyone help me create a line that fades out to points at the end? I'm pretty good on PdN, I think it's ace, and I can usually find reasonably easy workarounds for any problem I have, but this has got me stumped.

I'm working on a black background with a horizontal neon blue line. For 1-2 px lines I usually motion blur along the line, but this line has to be fairly thick, 6-8 px. When I try this it gives me, even with rounded ends, just ill-defined blurs. Gaussian doesn't seem to work either.

A search reveals the wonderful Simon Brown showing a sharp end as an option for the line tool, but I don't have that. A painful workaround would be to start with a 7px line, then a centred, longer, 5px, then a 3 etc., and then motion blur, but I'm hoping there may be an easier way.

If you can help, that would be lovely, and you'll be on my virtual Christmas card list. :)

Thanks.

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See if this does what you want.

On a new layer make a long, fairly thin, elliptical selection,

fill it with blue, deselect.

Gaussian blur quite a bit, make a rectangular selection

around it and squash it using the Move Selected Pixels

tool on a middle node of a long side.

blueline01.png

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That sort-of works, if I scale the canvas up, create a really thick line, and then squash it as you suggested, then stretch the ends and then scale down. I wanted quite long points at the ends, but I think I'll just need to mess with the line dimensions.

Cheers! A Christmas card will be winging its way to you!

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