Hi this is my first post here, i don´t know if this belongs to tut section or here. Anyway.....
Using the straight line tool produces ugly lines, and holding alt+shift only make 90 or 45 degrees strokes. Drawing using your elbow instead of the wrist is great, but it´s hard to make parallels and manga speed lines (maybe i need practice, but i use this for inking comics and i have to be fast!).
I had an idea last week. It's a way to make straight lines on painter 8 very fast and natural. I´m still testing it, so this tut is BETA VERSION. Give me your feedback so we can make this better! or bury it....
Basically, you stick a ruler on the tablet, 90 degrees. Then you mark it´s position on the screen. And then you use space and alt+space to rotate and move your canvas, while you make vertical strokes with your ruler.
I have a 21" monitor with res 1600x1200. I´m working on Painter 8, with a graphire 2. It didn´t work as well on Painter 6 because the rotate canvas tool is not real time (i don´t have other versions to test...)
At first, i did this:
1)Ruler (using a real ruler doesn´t work fine, it´s too shorty)
STICK THE CHOPSTICK IN YOUR TABLET:
Open your file, and make a stroke with the fixed ruler:
Open a new file (i´m calling it TATA because of my cat's name), 1x1 pixel, and stretch the window to cross your working file, like this:
Then move TATA to calibrate it with your ruler, placing one side over your stroke:
Now you know where is the ruler on your screen. Use SPACE and ALT+SPACE to move and rotate canvas while you draw straight lines guided by Tata and your chopstick:
Now you have senseless lines, but all straight, natural and in any direction:
I´m not using the chopstick anymore, i made a design using some old LEGO i have, and now i can remove and place the ruler over my tablet without having to tape it all the time. UPTADE, got the camera: