When drawing paths, I can easily constrain the next point to 45° increments by holding Shift. How do I hold these same angles when modifying existing paths? I want to ensure lines that appear level are actually level, and cannot think of a way to do it. Thanks.

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Seems like a job for guides. Open View > Rulers and click the top or left ruler and drag a guide to the position you want other lines level with. You can also manually position guides by % or px, lock them with " Ctrl Alt + " to avoid repositioning and show / hide them with " Ctrl [ "

Also worth noting: If you set View > Snap to > Guides, anything you drag near the guide will adhere or "snap" to it instantly, making it more precise and easier to abide by.

Photoshop Guides

  • Thanks again. I suppose the functionality I am looking for in Photoshop does not exist, but your solution is the next best thing. I was using the measure tool, but guides looks easier. Thanks Brian.
    – James
    Aug 14, 2014 at 4:59
  • Happy to have helped, I added a side note that I also thought may come in handy. Aug 14, 2014 at 5:35

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