Drawing a straight line with the Brush Tool in Photoshop

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Q. Is it possible to draw a straight line with the brush tool in photoshop?

A. Yes, hold shift whist you click and drag the paint brush across the canvas. If you choose a 1 px brush and hold shift whilst drawing the line it will create a straight 1 px line etc. This method of pressing shift whilst you draw to keep the cursor in a straight line also works with a number of the other tools including the eraser and the clone stamp.

Comments (5)

  1. Please help! I’ve been using the brush tool and shift to make straight lines, and suddenly it won’t work. I can’t figure out why!

  2. I’ve been trying to replicate the problem and haven’t been able to! So I’m not sure why it isn’t working for you. If anyone else knows why this wouldn’t be working please post the answer.

  3. Ok, so I’ve been having this same problem with the shift key and brush tool not making straight lines. And one way I think might help is to continue to hold down shift as you drag your brush across the canvas to wherever you want the straight line to end. If you lift your cursor or the shift key, the line won’t be straight. Hope this helps!

  4. I had the same problem, drawing straight lines with the brush tool using the click and shift method and it stops working. I saved the file, closed it then re opened, now I can draw lines again, no idea why this works but it does.

  5. I had the same problem, using the brush tool to draw straight lines using the click and shift method and it suddenly stops working. The only answer I found was to close the file and re-open it, no idea why this works but it does.

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