How to Draw a String by Photoshop

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Drawing a string in Photoshop is something that will allow you to get some practice with the layer tool. Draw a string in Photoshop with help from a well-versed web, graphic and illustrative designer in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Alex Cecilio. I'm a graphic artist and I'm going to show you how to draw a piece of string in Photoshop. So the first thing you're going to do is make sure your layers panel is open and make sure you just go to window and layers if it's not and that way this window on your right will pop up and now you're going to add another layer and so the way you do that is you go down to this bottom right corner and you click this sticky pad looking button which is create a new layer and you click it and there you have a new transparent layer. And so drawing a piece of string, there's a couple of ways you can do it but the easiest and most effective way in my opinion is before you've drawn anything, select your layer, go back down next to this chain link, click FX and click stroke and this just adds a line to your drawing. So I'm going to have a two point string line and then go to your paintbrush tool and go up to the size of your paintbrush and select something big like let's do not 19, that's still too small, let's try, yeah, 45 should be good for now and so I'm going to choose this kind of like hayish color for my string. And so immediately right away once you start drawing your string you've already got this outline and if you want a frayed end on your string you can select the eraser tool and you can select a smaller brush so I'm going to select 3 and that will erase like this. Actually let's select a bigger one like 5 and so you can have a frayed string if you are interested in having that and then I'm going to zoom back out. Okay so strings usually have some kind of line or kind of curving cordiness to it if you've ever used hemp before. So I'm going to then go back to my brush size and I'm going to select a small size. I'm going to select 3, the same size, actually, yeah, 3 which is roughly the same size as the outline that we've got here and then you can just draw your curving lines and don't worry about being inside of the lines for right now because what we're about to do is use a method of making the lines disappear from the outside of the drawing. So just keep doing this. Okay so now you've got your lines and then you're going to hold down control and make sure your second layer is selected, hold down control, click, create a clipping mask and this will get rid of the outside of your lines so that way you have a nice looking string that is segmented essentially. My name is Alex and this is how you draw a piece of string in Photoshop. Thank you.


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