In the following tutorial, you will find 2 great methods to make the lines of a drawing thicker.
The first method makes use of the“Stroke” panel and the second one makes use of the “Minimum” panel. Both of these methods are very straightforward.
On top of that, we will also show you how to make simple lines thicker (for instance when drawing a line using the Line Segment tool).
How to Make Lines Thicker in Photoshop using the Stroke Option
Select the lines using the “Magic Wand Tool”. In the main menu, click on “Edit” and a drop-down menu will appear. Select “Stroke”, then a new window will pop up. Adjust the lines settings and then press “OK” to apply the changes.
Select the line(s) in your drawing. After opening the scanned drawing, in the Tool menu, choose the tool for selecting drawing. For example, you can click on the “Magic Wand Tool”, and select the lines. If you prefer using shortcuts, to access the “Magic Wand Tool”, press the letter W on your keyboard.
Edit the line(s). To make lines ticker, you are going to use the “Stroke” panel. To access this settings window, go to the main menu, choose the “Edit”, in the drop-down menu, select the “Stroke” and the window will pop up. The first thing that you will set up in the new window is the “Width” of the line. Underneath is the option for changing the color of the line. Then select one of the following options, which will determine where the line will get thicker, either “Inside”, “Center” or “Outside”. Try all three options and then choose the one that you prefer. Also, you can adjust the “Mode” and “Opacity” of the lines. After adjusting the settings, press the “OK” button and your changes will be applied. Don’t forget, if you aren’t satisfied with the outcome, you can always adjust it again in the same way, just make sure to select the lines before opening the “Stroke” window.
How to Make Lines Thicker in Photoshop using the “Minimum” Option
Select the line (layer) you wish to make thicker. Then click on “Filter” in the main menu and then choose “Other”. Now, in the fly-out menu choose “Minimum…”. Adjust the thickness of the lines in the settings and then press “OK.”
Select the line in your drawing. After opening the line drawing, select it by clicking on the drawing’s layer in the “Layers” section. Make sure that the drawing has a transparent background, in order to select only the lines.
Edit the line. The first thing you need to do is to open the “Minimum” settings dialog. In the main menu, click on the “Filter”, and the drop-down menu will be shown. Select “Other” and in the fly-out menu, choose “Minimum…” and the new window will pop up. Underneath the box, in which you can see the preview of the changes, there is the option “Radius” and with this option, you can adjust the thickness of the lines. Type in the value of line thickness in pixels or move the slider left and right until the size of the line is perfect. After adjusting the settings press the “OK” button and changes will be applied. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, in the same way, adjust it again.
Make straight lines thicker (created with Photoshop’s Line Tool)
In case you would like to make lines thicker that you have created with Photoshop’s Line Tool (you find that tool in the left sidebar by right-clicking on the Rectangle Tool and then by selecting Line Tool), then you can easily do that by using the option “Set shape stroke width” in the top toolbar.
Make sure that the “Line Tool” is selected while searching for this option in the toolbar because the toolbar is a different one when the Line Tool is selected.
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