Drawing Arrow Heads and Tails

There is no dedicated tool in Photoshop for drawing arrows. However, the Line tool has options to add arrowheads at either end of a line (Figure 10-12). To create an arrow, take the following steps:

1. Select the Line tool from the Toolbox (one of the "hidden" shape tools).

2. On the options bar, select the Shape Layers icon (the first icon of the three in line).

3. Click the Geometry Options icon (located by the Custom Shape Tool icon; looks like a downward-pointing triangle).

4. In the Arrowheads pop-up, enter settings for the Arrowheads: Start, End, Width, Length, Concavity.

NOTE These settings cannot be applied retroactively.

5. Enter a suitable line weight in the Weight text box. You can right-click (Windows), Ctrl-click (Mac OS) in the text box to choose a different unit from the contextual menu to the one specified for rulers in Preferences.

6. Choose a style by clicking the Style icon or a color by clicking the color box.

7. Click in the document window and drag to draw your arrow.

That's it! If you didn't apply a layer style in step 6, you can apply it or change the color and position retroactively, as you can with any shape layer.

Figure 10-12: The Line tool used to draw arrowheads.
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