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Pen and ruler style lines.


New Member
I'm trying to create the look of lines drawn with a pen and ruler... How do I go about this?

So straight, but with imperfections, like varying weight and maybe opacity.


Staff member
Hello and welcome.

Here is one way.

In your brushes panel, set up a brush that best mimics the line effect you desire.
(Note: You can also use the Pencil Tool. I find it's less configuable than the Brush Tool.)
Make it the size you desire.
(Note: I did this very fast for demo, you take your time and adjust the brush to how you like it)
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Now use the Pen Tool and perhaps the grid or guides to create the lines/paths.
(Note: If you don't want the grid or guides, you can add the shift key to make straight lines with the Pen Tool up or down, and at a 45º angle)
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Once the line/path is drawn with the Pen Tool, right click and choose "stroke path"
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Then choose the Brush Tool and tick off the "simulate pressure".
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Hit OK.
You now have a straight line exactly where you wanted it.
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Grid off (Cmd'Cmtrl + ')
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Now just draw and stroke more lines!
These can be on the same layer or on separate layers.
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They don't have to be touching or end to end.
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