Make Curved Lines With
Photoshop Elements-Part 2

You can make Curved Lines with Photoshop Elements. This is Part 2 of a 2-part series.

This tutorial shows you a couple of ways to get Curved Lines. There are a couple other tricks in Part 1. Click HERE for Part 1.

Check out the video below to see more secret tricks for making curved lines with Photoshop Elements.

And then follow the steps on this page under the video to try it out for yourself.

STEP ONE- Add A Shape.

Go to the Shapes Panel and double-click on any shape that has a curved line that you would like to use.

I'm going to use one of the arrow shapes.

STEP TWO- Simplify Layer.

Go up to the Layer Menu and choose "Simplify Layer".

STEP THREE- Select And Delete Unwanted Part Of Shape.

Use one of the Marquee Tools or Lasso Tools to draw a Selection around the area that you want to delete.

In my example I want to delete the arrowhead.

I used the Rectangular Marquee Tool to make my Selection.

Press "delete" or "backspace" on your keyboard to remove the unwanted portion of the Shape.

Press Command-D on a Mac or Control-D on a PC to Deselect.

Now you have a curved line.

STEP FOUR- (Optional) Transform.

If you want to resize or rotate your line, press Command-T on a Mac or Control-T on a PC for "Free Transform". That will put the "Free Transform" box around your line.

Use any of the 8 handles around the box to resize your shape by clicking-&-dragging on them.

To Rotate, place your cursor outside the box until your cursor changes into a double-headed curved arrow. Then click-&-drag to rotate the line.

Click on the green check mark once you're happy with the change.

STEP FIVE- (Optional) Extend The Line.

Make a Duplicate of the Shape Layer by pressing Command-J on a Mac or Control-J on a PC. That creates an exact duplicate of your line on a new Layer.

Use the Move Tool to move the new Layer to either end of the original Layer.

Use the Move Tool or the Arrow Keys from your Keyboard to connect the end of the duplicate line to the end of the original line.

Now you have a line that is twice as long as the original.

Repeat the duplicate-then-move process to make the line as long as you want it.

You can merge the Layers together by making the top Layer active by clicking on it in the Layers Panel.

Then press Command-E on a Mac or Control-E on a PC until all of the shape Layers are merged onto a single Layer.

You can also make a duplicate Layer of your original Shape Layer and then go up to the Image Menu and choose one of the options from that Menu.

As we saw in the video above you can choose "Flip Layer Horizontal". Other options are "Flip Layer Vertical" or "Rotate Layer" various degrees left or right.

Play around with various Shapes and different Transformations of those Shapes and you'll discover lots of interesting ways of using Curved Lines with Photoshop Elements.

That ends this tutorial.

That completes this tutorial on how to make curved lines with Photoshop Elements Part 2. Hope you found it useful! - Rick

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