How to Make a Piano on Photoshop

Written by filonia lechat
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Tickling the ivories is something people of all skill levels may try -- pull up a bench, place your fingers on the keys and start pressing to make the tunes. Not everyone has instant access to a set of real piano keys, but Adobe Photoshop users may draw their own. With Photoshop's graphic tools, try playing the keys of something other than your computer or laptop keyboard. Although Photoshop doesn't offer musical accompaniment to its piano graphics, you'll quickly be in the right key.

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Photoshop, click the "File" menu and select "New." Type "Piano" into the "Name" box. Type the piano canvas dimensions into the "Width" and "Height" boxes, such as "8" and "6" respectively. Select "inches" from each drop-down menu. Click "White" from the "Background Contents" menu and click the "OK" button.

  2. 2

    Click the "Line" tool, located in the bottom third of the "Tools" column. If you do not see a line shape, right-click a shape of a grey circle, grey star or grey rectangle. Choose "Line Tool" from the flyout menu.

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    Check the "Weight" box on the top toolbar for the Photoshop default of "1 px." If it is not "1 px" -- Photoshop "remembers" what you used for your last project -- type "1 px" into the box.

  4. 4

    Click inside the "Color" rectangle on the top toolbar and choose black for the paint colour. If the box is already black by default, skip this step.

  5. 5

    Position the cursor in the grey area at the top of the "Piano" box approximately one inch from the left side of the box. Press and hold down the "Shift" key. Click and drag the cursor from the top to the bottom of the box. Don't worry that the lines go off into the grey canvas area, they won't save with the image.

  6. 6

    Repeat the line-drawing process about every inch or so -- check the ruler at the top of the canvas -- until you get to the right side of the "Piano" box.

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    Increase the "Weight" box to "25 px." This figure may need to be higher or smaller, depending on the dimensions you set for the piano canvas.

  8. 8

    Hover the cursor directly over the top of the first line drawn. Press and hold down the "Shift" key. Draw a line from the top of the "Piano" box to about one-third of the way down into the white space of the image, over the top of the original line. Repeat to draw the black keys over each of the other lines on the piano.

  9. 9

    Click the "File" menu and select "Save As." Choose a destination to save the piano picture on the computer and click the "Save" button.

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