How to Make Dotted or Dashed Lines/Objects in Photoshop

Have you ever wondered how to make a dotted line in Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop has the option of “Stroke”, but no such option as dotted stroke or dashed stroke etc. The good news is it is actually very easy to do. It can be done just by following these few simple steps.

Last night I happened to need some dashed strokes in Adobe Photoshop and I realized many people might not know this command of making such strokes.

So here’s a tutorial comprising just 3 simple steps to make a dotted or dashed outline stroke.

Hope you like it, and don’t forget to comment if you do.

Making a dotted line in Photoshop

 Step 1

Make a line or a shape using any of the shape tools (rectangle, eclipse, line etc.) or Pen Tool. Make sure the path option is selected before drawing.

To create a dotted line in photoshop, select path tool

 Step 2

Hit B to select brush and Select a solid hard brush of shape you desire, can be a circle or square. Now open Brush Panel. If brush panel is not visible you can enable it from windows -> Brushes (Short key : F5).

In the Brush Panel click on Brush Tip Shape. In this area you will have options like diameter, spacing and so on. You will be able to see the preview below. Increase the spacing to 250%+ or any value depending on your preview. Let’s have a screenshot to know what we’re talking about:

define the options properly to create a dotted line


Enable scattering and make its value to 0% in this same box.

 Step 3

Take a new layer, go to paths panel. If path Panel isn’t enabled, go to window -> Path in the menu bar.

Right click on the path you made and Stroke Path. It will make dotted line of your created path!

Here are a few samples:

a dotted line in photoshop has been created