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Dashed Lines in Photoshop (Thanks to Illustrator)

The only way to create a dotted (or dashed) line in Photoshop is by playing with the Spacing slider in the Brushes palette found under the Window menu. It’s a little clumsy, so why not take advantage of Illustrator’s ability to create dashed lines? Draw a path with the Line tool (\). With the line selected, open the Stroke palette from the Window menu, choose Show Options from the palette’s flyout menu, and turn on the Dashed Line checkbox to create a dashed line. Copy (Command-C [PC: Control-C]) the object in Illustrator, switch to your Photoshop document, and choose Paste (Command-V [PC: Control-V]). Voilà—a quick, dashed stroke! (In this example, we created a path in Photoshop, exported it to Illustrator choosing File>Export>Paths to Illustrator, added a dashed stroke, and pasted it back into Photoshop by choosing Paste in the Edit menu.)


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