How to Draw on Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is an invaluable resource for digital art creation. It supports multiple methods for drawing, sketching, coloring, filling and outlining as well as shapes and paths – lines created using math equations to form curves or other vectors – to be created.

To create shapes in Photoshop, start by selecting them with the Path Selection Tool and clicking and dragging any of their handle points to resize the shape.

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Pencil Tool

The Pencil Tool creates precise vector paths that can then be turned into selections in Adobe Photoshop. Pixel-based selection tools can be difficult to use for selecting complex curved lines or shapes; using vector paths create by the Pencil Tool allows for smooth manipulation into complex selections with greater ease.

Clicking the “P” button of the Pencil Tool’s Options bar switches between standard and curvature pens, enabling you to draw curves more effortlessly than with traditional pencil tools. Furthermore, adding points along a path with your cursor allows you to manipulate curves more freely – as well as creating them easily using curve pens!

To use the Pencil Tool to draw lines, click and drag your cursor where you would like the path to start. Each time you click will add another anchor point; as more are added to a path, add them a step at a time until it is closed by either pressing Ctrl+Enter (Windows) or Command+Return (Mac).

Your path can be automatically closed after being drawn, which can be useful if you’re drawing quickly without time to close it manually. With the Pencil Tool you can also select its outline and fill color via double-clicking the color rectangle in the Options bar; this opens a menu where you can choose no fill (transparent), solid color gradient pattern custom color fill.

Your stroke width can also be customized by dragging the handle at either end of your path’s stroke, with 2 pixels as its default. By increasing or decreasing width using this slider, you can increase or decrease its size as desired. Furthermore, in the Options bar you can set how many pixels per brushstroke should be displayed per brushstroke; and to create straight lines quickly by holding Alt/opt-d. Finally, create your path first before turning it into a selection using the icon that looks like a dotted circle with dashed outline – click it!


The brush tool allows you to create lines with different thicknesses, curves and shapes. There is an assortment of preset brushes, including dry media brushes, wet media brushes and special effects. In addition, additional brushes may be downloaded from Adobe’s website for your collection. To activate a brush you press B on the keyboard; use your mouse to move its tip around an image to change size and shape accordingly – or hold down and move with an ALT key while moving to adjust properties as you go along!

Another fast and simple way to use a brush is to click and hold on its tip before dragging it up or down or left or right to adjust its width. While this takes practice to master, it is a fantastic way to make changes without moving your cursor off of canvas. In addition, HUDs offer another timesaving feature by providing an instant preview of size and hardness of any given brush – this feature comes especially in handy when dealing with images that require lots of details.

Draw with the line tool by clicking and dragging on the canvas, but achieving straight lines may be challenging. To achieve them more easily, press Shift while dragging your mouse button – this will open a menu displaying horizontal, vertical and 45-degree lines; simply select one to release your mouse button from.

Adobe Photoshop makes adding color to line art simple. Simply choose a foreground hue in the Options bar or create a new layer above it and set its foreground as the default value, select that layer, then paint over its area with either brush or pencil tools to add hue.

Adobe Photoshop makes drawing accessible for anyone! The program’s intuitive user-interface makes learning the ropes a breeze; just practice regularly for optimal results in no time!

Eraser Tool

At times, Photoshop may require you to remove certain objects or elements from a photo. From backgrounds, hair, or dust particles – Eraser tool is here to help! Working by erasing pixels based on which colors you click, Eraser features three modes and various settings so it is important that users fully comprehend its operation before employing this tool.

From the Options bar, you can set opacity and flow settings to control how much erase you remove; higher opacities remove more pixels while lower ones erase fewer. Furthermore, you can select either Brush Mode with its options for Opacity/Flow/Hardness etc, Pencil Mode which features fixed size square with hard edge but no Opacity/Flow options and Block Mode which disables any controls over Opacity/Flow etc.

Opacity and flow settings are essential in making sure this tool functions effectively, while size of brush and tolerance values also matter greatly. Tolerance determines how far away from sampled color a pixel must be before Photoshop erases it – increasing tolerance allows you to erase more pixels, but may create unwanted results; tolerance settings become particularly helpful when working with pressure-sensitive digitizing tablets that allow varying the size of eraser based on pen pressure or stylus wheel position.

Eraser Tool can be used to create many effects in Photoshop, such as removing backgrounds, erasing blemishes and retouching portraits. But keep in mind that Adobe requires a subscription for their software, and updates can affect performance negatively; to get the latest upgrades and bug fixes it is best to subscribe to their Creative Cloud subscription; installing on multiple machines simultaneously may cause performance issues as well as reduce quality control concerns.


Layers in Photoshop are an invaluable resource for digital artists. They allow you to keep different elements of an image on separate layers so they won’t merge or overlap, as well as use these layers to change color of line art or create textures. The Layers panel can be found under Window > Layers, while you can also add text and shapes using this panel which will automatically create new layers containing these features so you can then modify their opacity/fill settings independently.

Duplicating layers to save time and effort is easy in Photoshop: just select an object with either Lasso or Magic Wand tool and press Ctrl+J to copy it – your new copy will then appear as its own layer in which it can be edited to your own personal specifications – this technique is particularly helpful if you wish to replicate large portions of a drawing.

Photoshop not only allows you to draw with its Pen and Shape tools, but you can also use vectors to make complex lines and shapes that defy physics – without getting pixelated when scaled up – making vectors great for posters as they will remain clear and crisp when printed out.

As you work in Photoshop, it is advisable to take frequent breaks in order to give yourself time for reflection on any mistakes and less obvious solutions. Flipping the image horizontally from time to time may also help provide different views on certain elements.

If your drawing isn’t meeting your standards, try changing its blending mode to something more appropriate. This will alter how it blends with its background image and can make correcting mistakes easier; just be sure to keep a backup of your original file!