Adobe Photoshop is a very powerful tool and you can do a lot of things with this software. In fact, you can definitely do a lot of different types of editing with the help of this. Thanks to Photoshop Elements, you can definitely make curved lines. It’s an easy thing to do with only the Pen tool if you have the full version of Photoshop. However, do you know how to do that in Photoshop Elements? In this article, we are going to talk about how to make a curved line Photoshop Elements.

To know how you can do this with ease, we have made this step-by-step guide which you can easily learn and apply in your daily work so that you will be able to make arts with your skills. If you want to know more about different tutorials or articles related to arts, you can definitely take a look at our other articles that you can easily find in our website.

How to make a Curved Line in Photoshop Elements

Step Number 1: Creating a New Layer in your Photoshop Space


If you want to create a new layer in Photoshop, you will be able to find that in the Create a New Layer icon that you will find in the left corner of the software. You will be able to find this option in any version of Adobe Photoshop and this will definitely come in handy in the long run.

In most cases, the icon is that of a sheet of paper that has a folded corner. Please do keep in mind that most of the works that you do in Adobe Photoshop usually starts with either importing the image or creating a new layer and then working on that layer. When you click on the “Create a New Layer” icon, you will have a new layer above the Background Layer, which you can work on and create in order to work your way up.

By making a new layer above the background layer, you will make sure that the work that you do on the top layer won’t affect your original image and this will make you work with an ease of mind. The name of this layer will be Layer 1 by default. We will have to draw the Curved Line on that.

Step Number 2: Drawing a Round Selection with Elliptical Marquee tool


The second step for learning how to make a curved line in Photoshop Elements is to use a tool called Elliptical Marquee. You will be able to find this tool in your Toolbox that is on the left side of your screen.

If you hover over your mouse on the tools, you will see that you have a tool called Elliptical Marquee tool, which is shaped like a flat rounded circle. You then have to click on the tool and then Click while dragging it diagonally on your canvas, this will make sure you have you have a Selection of shape where the top or the bottom side of the Selection can be used as the Curved Line.

If the curve is too tight and you want to make less curvy, then you can easily do that my dragging your mouse more sideways towards the left or the right side of the screen. After this, you can definitely change the shape of the Selection by going to the Select Menu and then by choosing “Transform Selection”. You can easily resize the image by clicking and dragging on any of the 8 handles.

Once you are happy with the change, then you can click the green Mark and you will be done!

Step Number 3: Applying Strokes to the Selections tools

applying strokes to the selections tools

You can do this step by going to the Edit Menu box and then choose “Stroke (Outline) Selection …” from the drop-down menu. After clicking on this menu, you will see a “Stroke” Dialogue Box with a few options. There, you will be able to find a box with a number in it that is titled “Width”.

Once you enter a number inside the box, the bigger the number will become, the wider our Stroke will become. Once you are satisfied with the width, you can press “OK” and then close the dialogue box. You can undo and deselect by pressing the Control-D (on Windows) and Command-D (on Mac)

Step Number 4: Erasing the Unwanted Sections from your Line


You can erase unwanted things by pressing the Eraser toll that you will find in the Toolbox. You need to size the cursor for the Eraser Tool so that it is larger than the Stroke that you have created. You can use the left and the right Bracket Keys from your keyboard so that you can see change in the size.

After that, you can erase the part of the Stroke that you don’t want by dragging. After that, just a bit more touch and Boom! You now have a nice and smooth Curved Line that you wanted to get.


It is indeed true that you are going to need to learn a lot of things with time and effort if you want to become good at drawing and arts. However, learning how to make a curved line in Photoshop Elements isn’t that hard at all. All you need to do is have some patience and know where to find which tool. After that, you will be able to do all sorts of different shapes and varieties of curved lines that you will be able to use in different projects and works. If you liked our articles, then please do take a look at other articles that we have published recently about different tutorials on arts and photography.

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