How to Draw Arcs in Photoshop Three

Written by jennifer meyer
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A powerful program for graphic artists and photographers, Adobe Photoshop CS3 has a wealth of tools. Here's how to use the Pen tool to draw a line in the shape of an arc. Please be aware that the Pen tool is not included in versions of Photoshop Elements.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Adobe Photoshop CS3

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  1. 1

    Open or create the document you wish to draw the arc in.

  2. 2

    Select the Pen tool halfway down on the sidebar to the left.

  3. 3

    Select the "Paths" option in the top-left of your window.

  4. 4

    Left-click on the point where you wish the arc to begin and release the button.

  5. 5

    Left-click the point where you wish the arc to end and release the button.

  6. 6

    Go over to the sidebar again and click the Pen tool. Hold the button down for a second. A submenu will pop up. Select the "Convert Point" tool.

  7. 7

    Left-click the small box that marks the beginning of your arc and hold the button down. Drag the cursor up. You will see the line between your two points begin to bend. Adjust the arc to suit your needs and release the button.

  8. 8

    Right click on your arc and choose "Stroke Path."

  9. 9

    Select 'Brush.' You have now drawn an arc.

Tips and warnings

  • The arc will be in the colour you currently have selected and it will be as wide as the brush you have selected.

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