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The sheer number of options available in Photoshop when drawing or editing an image can be overwhelming. Photoshop has so many tools that you might be stumped trying to figure out how to do something that should be simple. You might be wondering how to draw a straight line in Photoshop, for example.

Photoshop comes with a large number of tools that you can use to edit photos that you’ve already opened in the program. Whether it’s a photo you took with a camera or one you received from someone else, Photoshop makes it simple to crop, change the dimensions, and make a variety of other adjustments to improve the image’s appearance.

But Photoshop also has a lot of tools that help you add new objects to that image, such as a line. In our tutorial below we will discuss how to draw a line in Photoshop using the Brush tool.

4 Fast & Easy Ways to Draw a Straight Line

There are many ways to draw lines in Photoshop, and I’ve listed out four commonly used methods below along with some tips on how to style them. 

Note: Screenshots are taken from Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 Mac version. Windows or other versions might look slightly different. 

Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop.

step 2

method 1: line tool

 draw a straight line in Adobe Photoshop

Click on the canvas and drag to draw a straight line

Hold down the Shift key while clicking on the canvas and dragging it to the right to draw a horizontal straight line. Hold down the Shift key while clicking and dragging downwards to draw a vertical straight line.

Method 2: Brush Tool 

Select the Brush Tool from the toolbox at the left side of the window.

Note that you can also simply press the “B” key on your keyboard while in Photoshop to automatically switch to this tool.

 draw a straight line in Adobe Photoshop
 Draw a Straight Line

 Select a brush style from the Brushes panel. If you don’t have the Brushes panel set up yet, you can open it from the top menu Window > Brushes

 draw a straight line in Adobe Photoshop

 Hold down the Shift key, click and drag to draw a straight brush line. 

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Draw a Straight Line in Adobe Photoshop


How do I draw a straight line in Photoshop?

By using the brush tool, clicking the line start point, then holding the Shift key and clicking the line endpoint you will be able to create a straight line in Photoshop.

How do I create a new layer in Photoshop?

Often it can be most helpful to create a new layer whenever you create a new object, like a line. Click the “Create New Layer” button at the bottom of the “Layers” panel to add a new layer. It looks like a sheet of paper with its corner turned up.

How can I quickly switch to the Brush tool in Photoshop?

When your image is open in Photoshop you can press the “B” key on your keyboard to make the Brush tool your currently active tool.

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