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how to create a dotted line in photoshop

Undoubtedly one of the questions that most comes up in my Photoshop and Photoshop Elements tutorials is “How do you created a dotted line?” Believe it or not, it’s a very easy technique, completely customizable to whatever graphic you’re putting together, and is done basically the same way in both programs.

In both cases, a dotted line starts in a place you’d least expect it — with the brush tool! See how to create a dotted line in Photoshop, right after the jump:

how to create a dotted line in photoshop elements

create a dotted line in photoshop tutorial

Note that you don’t HAVE to stick to the basic circular dotted line. To create the effects in the first graphic of this post (all the yellow lines), I used a mix of different brushes. And obviously, you can change the colors too! Play around with it and see what works for you and your blog. Hope this helps you!

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  1. 4.10.12
    Tabitha said:

    I need photoshop. Thank you.

  2. 4.10.12

    Super nerdy that I (seriously!) can’t wait to try this ASAP? I am just learning to navigate PSE, and this is more helpful than you can imagine. Thank you! :)

  3. 4.10.12
    Neda said:

    You’re the best, Victoria! Thank you! :) xx

  4. 4.10.12
    Erica said:

    Thank you! I’ve gotten better, but PSE makes me feel blonder than I am. LOL.

  5. 4.10.12
    Rachel said:

    Love this and loved learning from you Victoria!!

  6. 4.10.12

    Ha! Yes! I love learning that I’m not the only one to have asked you that question.

    To everyone who is reading through the comments – Victoria’s Photoshop Tutorials are super helpful! Just a little over an hour with her and I learned more than 5+ hours of watching on-line tutorials. Highly recommended!

    XO – Marion

  7. 4.10.12

    I seriously cannot wait to take some lessons from you!

  8. 4.10.12
    Bettina said:

    Totally sending you an email about element tutorials, I had no idea you did these!

  9. 4.10.12

    Great tip, thanks V!

  10. 4.10.12
    alyson said:

    you. rock. my. photoshop. world. :) xoox

  11. 4.10.12
    jin said:

    this is a great tip!! thanks :)

  12. 4.10.12
    Ashley said:

    Thanks for this !!!

  13. 4.10.12
    Keren V. said:

    I love graphic design help and tutorials! I am a self taught “designer” and most of what I learned is via online and Pugly Pixel! Help is always appreciated.

  14. 4.11.12
    Amy said:

    This is SO helpful! One of those things that seems like “it should be easy so why can’t I do it”. Thanks so much for sharing : )


  15. 4.11.12
    megan said:

    I’m a Photoshop user, so I’m not sure what tools PSE has or doesn’t have. But, you can also use the text tool, and type periods! This way, if you ever wanted to change the size or spacing, you could do so through the text tool!

    And, if the pen tool exists in PSE, you can create your own path, then type on that with the text tool!

    Hope this helps :-)

  16. 4.12.12

    Just found this post on your facebook.
    Very nice.

  17. 4.14.12

    This is spot on to help me get better at Photoshop for blogging use. So glad to have found you through Apartment 34. Fantastic site!

  18. 4.23.12

    OH MY GOSH!!!! you have no idea hwo excited I am right now. I can now make dotted lines I’m so excited! : ) lol yes that sounds cheesy

  19. 5.22.12
    Dawn said:

    Thank you so much!

  20. 9.4.12
    Adriana said:

    Really amazing tip! Thank you so, so much! I was playing around with the different brush presets… and wow. Hours of fun. You’ve blown my mind.

  21. 10.3.12

    This was so great! Thank you so much :)

  22. 6.25.13
    Lauren said:

    Thanks for this! Photoshop is overwhelming but little specific tutorials like this help make it more manageable!

  23. 7.25.13
    Leanne said:

    Thank you so much for this! What a huge help!

  24. 8.2.14

    Thank you for sharing the tutorial buddy, sometimes forget how to do this so have bookmarked the page. Thanks