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How to draw smooth lines in Photoshop

Most drawing apps these days offer some form of line smoothing to allow you to draw without worrying about wobbly lines ruining your work.

We’ve put together this guide to teach you how to turn on brush smoothing in Photoshop to help combat shaky lines when sketching in the Adobe app.

What you’ll need: 

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • A Creative Cloud subscription

The Short Version 

  1. Create or open your file in Photoshop
  2. Select the brush tool
  3. Increase the smoothing percentage
  4. Draw
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How to draw smooth lines in Photoshop

  1. Step

    Open your file in Photoshop

    Or create a new file if you’re beginning a project from scratch. How to draw smooth lines in Photoshop

  2. Step

    Select the brush tool

    You can use any brush to do this. How to draw smooth lines in Photoshop

  3. Step

    Increase the smoothing percentage

    We opted for 70% but you can experiment with the percentage to see what number works best for you. How to draw smooth lines in Photoshop

  4. Step


    As you can see, the line on the right is much smoother and less wobbly than the line on the left. How to draw smooth lines in Photoshop


Can I turn the smoothing up to 100%?

You can crank the smoothing up to 100%, but it’s worth noting that increasing the smoothing percentage will also make the brush tool slower. For this reason, you might want to select a slightly lower number.

How to draw straight lines in Photoshop

You can also use the brush tool to draw perfectly straight lines in Photoshop. Check out our guide to learn how to do it.

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