How to Paint Straight Lines in Lightroom

It’s easier than you’d think – check out my super quick video below (Note: there’s no audio – doesn’t need it).

Don’t forget to hold that Shift-key, ya’ll.

Easy peasy! 🙂

Hope you found that helpful (and how about that crazy new stuff in Lightroom added yesterday, huh? Can I get a whoop, whoop!)?

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Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. Wow! How long has this been in there??? Thanks, Scott!!!

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  2. This is really useful with the spot healing brush for telephone wires and the like

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  3. To have some fun

    The Start Click for the brush and the Shift-End click for the brush do not have to have the same size, feather, or flow – meaning your brush stroke can be variable along its length…

    You can do some really cool things with this!

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    • So true, Rikk – I did a thing with light beams in my Lightroom book using that concept. 🙂

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    • Hey Rikk,

      Thanks for that info! You’re right that could lead to some fun stuff! I’m now inspired to had some fun.


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      • Always remember the eraser brush works the same way… even more possibilities and you can combine brush/eraser strokes with the Graduated filters as well to even amp this up a bit more – oh, and then you can apply a Range Mask at the same time too… Mind Blown?

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