How to Draw Line Drawings With Photoshop CS3

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How to Draw Line Drawings With Photoshop CS3
Create line drawings in Photoshop. (heart - drawing image by Bartlomiej Nowak from Fotolia.com)

Photoshop CS3 has a variety of different drawing tools you can use to make line drawings. If you prefer free form, use a Brush tool, Pencil or Freeform Pen tool. The Pen tool creates paths, or a series of segments that form a shape. You can create shapes out of straight lines, curves or a combination of both. Once you create an outline of a line drawing, customise it with fill and stroke colours.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Photoshop CS3

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Instructions

    Paint with a Brush or Pencil (Ref. 1)

  1. 1

    In a blank Photoshop document, choose a foreground colour. At the bottom of the toolbar, select the top colour box to choose from the colour palette. This will determine the colour of your brush or pencil stroke.

  2. 2

    On the toolbar, click the Brush tool icon.

  3. 3

    Choose a brush from the Brush palette. Choose from a variety of soft strokes.

  4. 4

    Drag your cursor across the document to begin painting. Hold down "Shift" while you paint to create a straight line.

  5. 5

    Hold down the Brush tool icon to select the Pencil tool. The Pencil is similar to the brush except it creates lines instead of paint strokes.

    Use the Pen tool to Create Shapes (Ref. 2)

  1. 1

    Select the Pen tool from the toolbar.

  2. 2

    Click to begin the starting point of a line or shape. This will create the first anchor point of a path.

  3. 3

    Click again to create a line segment.

  4. 4

    Keep clicking to make anchor points for more line segments, each attached to the one before it

  5. 5

    Close the path by placing your cursor over the first anchor point. When it is placed correctly, the cursor will appear as a pen with a small circle next to it. Click the point to close it.

    Draw with the Freeform Pen Tool

  1. 1

    Select the Freeform Pen tool under the Pen tool icon in the toolbar. The tool is used to draw as if you were using a pencil, but Photoshop automatically creates anchor points that you can edit later.

  2. 2

    Drag your cursor over the document to begin drawing. When you release the mouse, a work path is created from your drawing.

  3. 3

    Continue the path by clicking the end point on the path and dragging.

  4. 4

    Create a closed path by click the first point on the path.

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