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How do I make these lines in photoshop?

Asked by xgunther (446points) April 2nd, 2008

How do I make the wavy lines like the ones in this picture? I’m pretty good at photoshop—I just can’t seem to figure out how to do these:

Thanks guys!

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iamnathanjohnson's avatar

I’d use illustrator…use the pen tool it will be a lot easier for you.

Although there are some brushes out there that will recerate what you’re wanting in a simple click…

search through here:

this guy has some good brushes:

DeezerQueue's avatar

You could do it in either Photoshop or Illustrator. You could go to Bittbox or Adobe Exchange Center to find vector shapes and brushes, respectively. On the Bittbox site go to the Freebies section and do a search for curly swirls.

You could learn to make them on your own, Veerle’s Blog but fish around the rest of the site for other good stuff. The exercise she has can also be done in Photoshop with the pen tool.

If you want to make your own, create your first wavy line, duplicate it, paste it near the other, join the ends and fiddle with the rest. Personally I find Illustrator easier to work with on these sorts of shapes, you can always paste them directly into PS when you’re done.

xgunther's avatar

Thanks you guys. I’m downloading illustrator right now. I always thought it was just a more basic photoshop version. Guess it’s really different.

Can someone explain its key features and uses? Thanks :-)

DeezerQueue's avatar

Illustrator is vector based software, you’ll have a lot more flexibility in creating your own graphics. Because vectors are mathematically based images, they do not lose quality when resizing, of course you’ll see this when you get it installed. It may take a little while to get used to, but once you get a good grasp of it you may find yourself using it a lot more for anything other than photographs.

HeNkiSdaBro's avatar

”... I’m downloading illustrator right now” does not really sound that good…

xgunther's avatar

Yeah, I downloaded the 30 day trial. Do you have a problem with that?

DeezerQueue's avatar

Be certain also to check out some of the tools in your pallet, under the Warp Tool, directing primarily to the warp tool itself and twirl tool, you can get some nice effects with those.

I think once you get a little comfortable with Illustrator, you’ll really love it.

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