How to Make Stripes in Photoshop

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How to Make Stripes in Photoshop
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Photoshop can serve as your go-to canvas for digital doodles and drawings. Photoshop is an ideal workspace for creating images such as stripes. You can take advantage of all of the program’s built-in tools and colours to get your pictures right. With a couple of quick clicks, you’ll have stripes to fit just about any design and colour scheme.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open Photoshop, click “File” and select “New.” Type “Stripes” into the “Name” box and set your preferred image dimensions, such as 8 in. by 8 in. Pull down the “Color Mode” box and set it to “RGB Color.” Pull down the “Background Contents” box and click “White.” Click the “OK” button to open the workspace.

  2. 2

    Double-click the top-left square of the “Color Picker,” which is the two overlapping coloured boxes on the “Tools” palette. Select a paint colour for the stripes and click “OK.”

  3. 3

    Right-click the shape tool on the “Tools” palette. This tool may look like a hollow rectangle, hollow circle, hollow line or solid star. All these tools share the same space on the palette until they’re chosen. Right-click any of them and click “Rectangle Tool.”

  4. 4

    Position your cursor on the left side of the “Stripes” box and draw a rectangle to the right side. The rectangle appears in the chosen paint colour. Repeat this to add more rectangles to the “Stripes” box, leaving white space between each rectangle, creating the frame for the stripes.

  5. 5

    Click the “Window” menu and click “Layers” to open the “Layers” palette. Notice the palette is made up of a white background layer and multiple coloured-shape layers. These are your stripes. Click the "Background" layer to highlight it.

  6. 6

    Select a new paint colour from the “Color Picker.” Click the “Paint Bucket” tool on the “Tools” palette. If you do not see the tool, right-click the “Gradient” tool, which looks like a rectangle made of shaded grey lines. Select “Paint Bucket.”

  7. 7

    Click any of the white stripes, which fill in with the new colour automatically, creating a multicoloured striped object.

  8. 8

    Click the small lines icon at the top right of the “Layers” palette. Select “Flatten Image.” Click “File,” click “Save As” and save the image to your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • For a rectangle with stripes of white and another colour, skip the step to change paint colours where you fill in the white space with the “Paint Bucket” tool.
  • Other stripe options include vertical stripes (from the top of the box to the bottom) and diagonal (from the top left corner of the box to the bottom right corner).

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