7 Replies Latest reply on Feb 6, 2018 4:35 AM by BarbBinder


    nielsk91712409 Level 1

      Hi everyone


      I am looking for a way to achieve this beautiful wave-like line work. I tried using the pen tool, but I wasn't quite satisfied with the result.

      Anyone with a helpful tip?

      Skærmbillede 2018-02-05 kl. 15.51.17.png





        • 1. Re: Wave-line
          BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

          The Pen tool is the normal approach, but it is baffling to new Pen tool users. You could watch some tutorials on how to create/edit bezier curves. But, do you have Photoshop 2018? The new curvature tool is much more intuitive. It lives with the Pen tool (so press and hold on the Pen tool in the tool box to select it).


          Click to start a line. Move to the right and click again. (You will see a straight line.)

          Screenshot 2018-02-05 07.58.27.png


          Now, move further right and press and drag your mouse up or down to see a curve. Release when you like it.

          Screenshot 2018-02-05 07.59.21.png


          Continue pressing and dragging to see the curve in real-time.

          Screenshot 2018-02-05 07.59.28.png

          As a trainer, I don't think the Curvature tool replaces learning bezier curves and the pen tool, but it can postpone it.

          Draw straight lines and smooth curves with precision and ease |



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          • 2. Re: Wave-line
            Barbara Ash Adobe Community Professional

            This is best done with the Pen tool using only 3 points. I'd recommend you give it another try.

            Don't click. Always drag in the direction that you want the curve to go.


            Start by pressing and dragging downward and to the right as shown by the direction lines.

            Release the mouse. Then press and drag upward and to the right.


            Release the mouse. Press and drag slightly upward and to the right.


            If necessary you can use the Direct Selection tool to reposition the anchor points and move the direction points.

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            • 3. Re: Wave-line
              norman.sanders Adobe Community Professional & MVP


              If working with the Pen tool (the preferred method) is a bit too intimidating at the moment. There is a work-around that mays help you.

              1. Open a a file, perhaps 6” x 8”  with the Background set to Transparent.

              2. Choose the Line tool. Options bar set to Pixels and Weight set to 4px

              3. Hold down the Shift key as you draw a horizontal line. Fig 1

              4. Select > All

              5. Edit > Transform > Warp Fig 2

              6. Use junction points to drag vertically Fig 3 

              7. Options bar: Commit

              8. Deselect marching ants Fig 4

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              • 4. Re: Wave-line
                melissapiccone Adobe Community Professional

                Do you have Illustrator? I would do it in there - much easier and faster than fussing with Photoshop. You can make a shape as use it as a mask. In Illustrator you can draw a line and use the reshape tool or use the pencil tool or cut a box in 1/2 - so many more options.2018-02-05_10-07-23.jpeg

                • 5. Re: Wave-line
                  BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

                  Hi nielsk91712409 :


                  It looks like one of our moderators (Randy Hufford) came along and marked one of these answers as correct before we had feedback from you. I thought you had four good—yet very different—answers to a common issue.


                  I'm curious which route you actually took because I think any of them can get you where you want to go. If you have time, come back and let us know. Your feedback will help future users who find this thread, looking for answers.



                  • 6. Re: Wave-line
                    nielsk91712409 Level 1

                    Hi everyone,


                    I went with the option of trying out the pen tool again. It worked really well, I think I just need to get to know the tool better.


                    Thanks everyone for your help!

                    • 7. Re: Wave-line
                      BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

                      Perfect! And thank you.