How to Make Pinstripes in Photoshop


Pinstripes may be most commonly associated with men's suits, but their slim design may serve as an ideal background for a graphic image. Whether you're looking at light stripes on black or a more summery color, pinstripes offer fashion without a big, splashy commitment. Pinstripes also work front and center when you create them using Adobe Photoshop, a graphics software program that makes drawing pinstripes as easy as the straight and narrow.

  • Open Photoshop. Click "File." Click "New." Type "Pinstripes" into the "Name" box. Set the size for the pinstripe graphic by typing the "Width" and "Height" into their boxes, such as "7" for each. Select "inches" from each drop-down menu. Select "White" from the "Background Contents" menu and click the "OK" button.

  • Click into the top-left colored box at the bottom of the "Tools" palette to open the "Color Picker." Choose a color to serve as the main color for the pinstripe design, the dominant shade. Click "OK."

  • Click the "Paint Bucket" tool in the middle of the "Tools" pane. The cursor changes to a paint bucket design. Click anywhere on the white "Pinstripes" box to fill it with the main pinstripe color.

  • Select a new color from the "Color Picker" for the contrasting pinstripe. Click "OK."

  • Right-click the shape tool icon, which may look like a gray rectangle, circle, star or line on the bottom of the "Tools" pane. From the fly-out menu, select "Line Tool."

  • Check the "Weight" box on the toolbar at the top of the screen. If it is not "1 px," type "1 px" into the box.

  • Press and hold down the "Shift" key on the keyboard. Click anywhere in the gray space above the top of the "Pinstripes" box and drag the cursor down toward the bottom of the white box. Don't worry if the pinstripe goes into the gray part of the work area; Photoshop does not include this overage in printing or saving the design.

  • Move the cursor slightly to the side, leaving a small amount of room next to the first pinstripe. Repeat the "Shift" key process and drag and draw additional lines to fill the pinstripe space.

  • Click the "File" menu. Click "Save As." Determine a place to save the pinstripe design and click the "Save" button.

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