How do I use pen tool to connect lines of constellation dots in photoshop? I tried to do this by using pen tool. But once I hit enter, the lines disappear. I tried shift, alt, ctrl but they don't seem to work. I watched some YouTube videos but most of them are about how to use pen tool for drawing shapes not lines. Would appreciate help. Thanks.

  • It sounds like your using the pen tool wrong. There should be no need to hit enter. Also, the LINE tool is probably better suited to connecting dots with straight lines.
    – Westside
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 5:02

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You can in fact use the Pen tool to achieve what you need just by making sure you select Shape tool mode instead of Path from the top-left dropdown [for the tool mode dropdown to be shown you need to have the pen tool selected].

Also, be sure to select a stroke color and width. After you have finished connecting all the dots, press enter.

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  • I tried using Shape but instead of lines to connect constellation of stars, it's creating a shape inside with the default color I am using, which is white. So it's actually creating a shape and covering it up with white color. Looked for a transparent color but could not find it. Can I just do a line that connects dots of stars? Commented May 2, 2018 at 21:24

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