I am trying to use Photohop's Pen tool to make a clean outline out of a sketch I made. I click and drag to create a curve, then release the mouse. Then I go to make my next point in the path... but I notice that this new point is affected by the curvature of the previous point. I want the new point to be rigid by default. This is what I mean:

  1. Make a point
  2. Make a second point, drag to make it a curve with the first point
  3. Make a third point

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See, the third point has a curve even though I didn't drag it. This is what I want it to look like:

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Right now, I have to manually change the endpoint curve in the second point to be able to get a straight line between the second and third points. This is time consuming.

How can I make it so all new Pen points will be straight by default regardless of the previous point in the path?

Photoshop CC 2014. OSX Yosemite.


1 Answer 1


Hold ALT and press on the point you just placed, so for now the third one. The next line will be straight.

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  • If I do that, I cannot modify the curve between the first and second points on the go.
    – Saturn
    Jun 4, 2015 at 17:52
  • Sbaliyev, if you feel that I changed the answer for the worse, feel free to roll back the original answer.
    – Joonas
    Jun 4, 2015 at 20:26

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