PSDDude GraphicRiver Portfolio
Advertisment

Draw a Line in Photoshop

Tutorials / Basics , 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!

Use the Brush Tool or the Pencil Tool to Draw a Line in Photoshop

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!

Use the Line Tool to Draw a Line in Photoshop

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...).

Use the Pen Tool to Create 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.

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.

Find more Photoshop resources...

8 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
PsdDude
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
PsdDude
1:12 PM Wednesday, August 03, 2011
I'm glad u like it my friend ! reply
G
G
3:23 PM Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thank you! Very helpful not just for the beginners. reply
PSDDude
3:24 PM Saturday, August 20, 2011
you are right G, some intermediate Photoshopers could also find this tutorial useful! reply
LupuswontwinK
LupuswontwinK
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
PSDDude
8:09 AM Monday, January 09, 2012
Hi,

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!
reply

Leave a comment

Upload your fan art

Share your Psd Dude inspired works


Search This Site
Free Updates

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts
In this tutorial we are going to create a cartoon landscape with a cute Easter rabbit driving a carr...
I was always a big fan of fairy tales like the ones written by Hans Christian Andersen or Grimm Brot...
The best fantasy fairy tale inspired Photoshop tutorials that you might want to bookmark. This colle...
This is a new collection of free textures for Photoshop that you might want to have. The list contai...
infographic charts and graphics html tags javascript library
long shadow jQuery plugin AI Vault Store Custom Shapes for Photoshop
Popular Posts
There's something about ribbons that just looks good. I thought about making this Ribbon Vector Free...
I am not a fan of tattoos but I can still appreciate it as art. There are a lot of people out there,...
Another Photoshop texture that is really used by digital artists is for sure the old paper texture. ...
In today list of free textures for Photoshop I have gathered over 100 amazingly beautiful wood textu...
Today's list is a collection of Free Photoshop Layer Styles. As many of you already know, Photoshop ...
Hello girls and boys! Today i want to make a cartoon rainbow... i really hope you will like it! ...
I have decided to create a new character from Alice in Wonderland and I hope that maybe someday to r...
I saw this beautiful stock image with the girl and decided immediately that she is perfect for an an...
Hello, today I will show you how easy it is to create a broken glass effect. We will use of course a...
To create a Comic Book Effect in Photoshop we have to mix all sort of filters and blend them togethe...
Partners
Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict CSS valid!