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How To Draw A Straight Line In Photoshop [Quick Tutorial]
Tutorials Basics 65989 Views July 30th, 2011

To draw a line in Photoshop might seem easy but, for a beginner is good to know some basic methods to make Photoshop lines. From this tutorial you will learn three simple ways to create lines. You can use the Brush Tool, the Pen Tool and the Line Tool to make simple straight lines.

I hope that all the newbies will find this tutorial useful enough to encourage me continuing my new added Photoshop Basics category!


How To Draw Straight Lines In Photoshop With The Brush Tool Or The Pencil Tool

The easiest way to draw a line in Photoshop is using the Brush Tool. Pick a small size, hard round brush and simply draw a line. To make a straight line in photoshop you have to keep the SHIFT key pressed and draw. That way you will obtain straight lines. For perfect horizontal or vertical lines hold down the SHIFT key and draw the line horizontally or vertically. For angled lines hold down the SHIFT key and click to add the end points for the lines. Photoshop will connect the dots with perfect lines.

In a similar way you can use the Pencil Tool. It's easy!

How to draw straight lines in photoshop with brush

How To Draw A Straight Line In Photoshop Using The Line Tool

Another method will be to use the Line Tool available on the Photoshop Tools bar. This line is a vector shape so you can easily modify its shape, color, dimension without loosing quality. You can use the SHIFT key also for straight lines. If you want to download already made vector lines you can check out my Line Custom Shapes (coming soon...).

how to draw a straight line in photoshop line tool

How To Use the Pen Tool To Draw A Line In Photoshop

The third and last method(as far as I know) is to make a line using the Pen Tool. First you have to check the Paths option and click to add the first point and then click somewhere else on the canvas to add the second point. The same rule, for straight lines keep the SHIFT key pressed and add the second line.

use pen tool to draw a straight line in Photoshop

So let's make someting really easy. First go to the Brush Tool and select a Hard Round brush, size 3px, black. Now take the Pen Tool(select Paths) and draw a line with 2 points that is now a working path. You can see on the Layers window that we also have a Path tab. If you check it you will notice that our line is now added as a Work Path.

To draw a line just right click on the Work Path and choose Stroke Path. From the list choose the Brush Tool. And our continuos line is done. You can now delete the Work Path, if you want, or use it to draw other lines. You can move the work path, resize it, change its shape, rotate it, etc. Just remember you have to have an empty layer selected before you add Stroke Path action otherwise it might not work.

draw a straight line using work paths and the pen tool in photoshop

Now That You Know How To Draw A Straight Line In Photoshop...

You might think that only knowing how to draw a straight line in Photoshop is not a big deal. But, this is the basic skill you need for vector drawing.

Here's a quick video tip about how to draw straight lines, sharp corners and rounded corners using the Pen Tool

That's really all you need to know to start drawing vector art like a pro. I've used these techniques to very quickly draw this cool mountain vector landscape in Photoshop:

How to draw a vector landscape in Photoshop Using Pen Tool And Lines

How to draw a vector landscape in Photoshop

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9 comment(s) for "Draw a Line in Photoshop"

G Finn
G Finn
8:12 AM Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Wonderful lessons! I have learned so much from the lessons you provide. reply
8:12 AM Wednesday, August 03, 2011
I am really glad to hear that ! reply
Junaedy Ponda
1:12 PM Wednesday, August 03, 2011
thanks for sharing this tutorial,,it's so helpful :D reply
1:12 PM Wednesday, August 03, 2011
I'm glad u like it my friend ! reply
3:23 PM Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thank you! Very helpful not just for the beginners. reply
3:24 PM Saturday, August 20, 2011
you are right G, some intermediate Photoshopers could also find this tutorial useful! reply
7:52 AM Monday, January 09, 2012
Hi PSDDude,

Can any of your lessons, actions, and patterns be used in PSE 10?
I have never used PS or PSE at all but I can't afford the BIG one (PS CS) so I'm going to purchase PSE 10 and really would like to know if any of your awesome TUTs would work for that program.

Thanks for being here reply
8:09 AM Monday, January 09, 2012

I don't have PSE, so I can not tell you if they are working or not but I have read some things about that issue on the internet and it seems that most of the brushes are working on PSE too...
But you have to research more about this problem before you purchase, there are lots of topics on this subject, search on Google!
Donna Saliter
1:49 AM Saturday, February 24, 2018
Even though this tutorial is 7 years old, it still ranks highest in Google and was very helpful to me. Thank you! reply

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