Adding Arrows to Any Picture

Do you want to make your blog pictures more clear by the use of arrows? Or to any picture for that matter? It’s as simple as following a few brief steps!

Upload a desired picture in photoshop, then click on the rectangle tool icon from the vertical tool bar.

This will open a a horizontal menu bar along the top of the screen.  In the horizontal menu bar, select the line tool. Beside the strange blob icon, click on the drop arrow to access the arrow options.

With the drop arrow, you can add arrow heads to the beginning and end of a line as well as altering the size of the arrow head and arrow tail. Click on the image where you want the arrow to start and drag. Make sure to click and drag because if you don’t, you could be stuck with one of these strange paper airplane looking things.

Click and drag to make this:

Not this:

The arrow will become an editable and moveable layer. Changing the `Weight´ value will alter the line thickness. Changing the ‘Style’ will create a more striking and stylish arrow selection like used in the above pictures.  You can also add changes to the ‘Color’ to make an arrow that really pops! Have fun and get creative with your arrows!

Alyssa Ferguson


~ by alyssalef on October 23, 2011.

6 Responses to “Adding Arrows to Any Picture”

  1. This blog is extremely beneficent and simplistic. The step-by-step images give a descriptive example of how to add art to pictures using photoshop because personally, I would not know where to look for these tabs. Also, the way you explained each picture was very well put and very informative.


  2. While the post is simple and effective, it seems like it is more of an overdone tutorial for something simple. You could use a shape tool in Photoshop to make an arrow, but at the same time you could just use paint or another free or included program to draw the arrows in what could be an even quicker way.

  3. This is one of those topics I never grasped in Photoshop, and this blog helped me to remember properly accomplish. Overall, it’s a rather advanced method that was explained quite easily by the writer. The pictures attached to this post helped to add clarity to the text, while also reinforcing visually what was trying to be portrayed textually. The writer used an excellent picture of a necklace that was incorporated throughout the post that reinforced the textual content and ultimately made it more colloquial to a less experienced website editor.


  4. I like how there is an example of what would happen if this was done incorrectly, so you can visibly see what an error would appear like. The arrows shown in the pictures may seem like minuscule but it took time to add them to the photos, and demonstrate what a poorly imposed arrow would look like. There is also the correct way, of course, and the information is helpful in something that people may often overlook as a minor detail.

    -Marissa Andreassi

  5. This post stuck out to me because most of the other blogs are about things to do on our websites. Adding arrows seems like an easy thing to do that no one really considers when making a blog. I’ve seen many blogs without arrows on their pictures and adding arrows makes things very clear and precise on what to do. I think that arrows are an overlooked tool that this blog really makes stick out. In her blog, she uses rhetoric in a great way that any student can follow and understand. Her screen shots are very detailed and show you exactly what to do. I also find that this post works very well because she has what not to do at the end. She gives you tips on what will happen if you make a mistake and how to fix it. Once again, this is something that many people do not do in their blogs. Overall, her blog is very detailed and gives you the correct steps to add arrows.
    Alyssa Scalercio

  6. This post stuck with me because of the way you incorporated what you were explaining into the explanation. It was a good job.

    Chris Collier

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