Stroking a Path With a Brush

Stroking a Path With a Brush

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to StrokeĀ a Path With a Brush in Photoshop



Paths are created with the Pen tool (p key). Once you draw a Path, it is possible select the Path and have Photoshop automatically stroke the path with one of the Brush tools. It is also possible to stroke a path with several other tools as well.

In this topic we will draw a Path, then stroke the Path with the Brush tool.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.

Step Two

Click the Pen tool (p key) and set the Pen tool options to Path. Draw a shape in the document.

Step Three

Select the Brush tool (b key) and choose a brush from the Tool options.

Step Four

Choose a Foreground color and set the Opacity in the Tool options.

Step Five

Open the Paths panel (Window > Paths) and select the Work Path.

Step Six

Choose Stroke Path from the Path panel pull-down menu.

Step Seven

Take a look at all the options in the Tool pull-down menu. In our case, we will be using the Brush tool.

Step Eight

Click OK to add the Stroke.

Simulate Pressure Checkbox

The Simulate Pressure checkbox in the dialog box (Step Seven) is used to vary the Stroke width. To make this feature work, you must first enable the Shape Dynamics for the Brush. In the Shape Dynamics options make sure that Size Jitter Control is set to Pen Pressure or Pen Tilt.


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