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Share the burden of brushing curves with the Pen tool for smoother edges

Added on Thursday 15th of January 2009 01:45 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows



No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to paint smooth curves with the mouse. I can’t afford to buy a stylus pen; is there a way to smoothen the curved brushstrokes?


Painting perfect curves with the Brush tool and a mouse is cumbersome at best. One small hiccup and your curve will look like your three-year-old nephew got a hold of your designs. To paint smooth edges, think beyond the Brush tool—put the Pen tool to work!

Instead of simply brushing a stroke and leaving the results to fate, you’ll make this a two-step process. It might seem like a little extra work to draw a line and then stroke it, but the results are worth the effort as you’ll have much more control over your curve’s smooth edge.


To create a stroked path:

1.       Choose the Brush tool from the Tools palette and set all the brush options on the tool Options bar that you want your stroke to have. Also, set the foreground color to the color you wish your stroke to have.

2.      Select the Pen tool from the Tools palette.

3.      Select the Paths button on the tool Options bar.

4.      Draw a curved line. Make any adjustments necessary until you’re satisfied with the shape, as shown in Figure A.