How To Color In Photoshop Without Going Over Lines

Photoshop provides us with many features and tools that may seem difficult, but we only need to learn the techniques. Once you master these techniques, you may even find this famous program easier. Coloring in Photoshop without going over the lines is one of these techniques. You can employ multiple tricks to ensure your artwork or image looks as neat as you want. How can we do that? 

If you are working on an image with no lines in different layers, you can use the pen tool to carefully trace and select the lines between which you want to work and then fill in colors layer by layer. We can be even more careful by using the Brush Tool with 100% hardness and small size while working near the lines.

It is not an overly complicated process to be able to color without going over the lines in Photoshop; you just need to be mindful of a few steps. In this article, we will discuss how you can make the coloring in your work, whether it is an image or Lineart, look as perfect as you want it to be. 

Coloring In Photoshop Precisely Within The Lines

To ensure that your coloring does not go beyond the lines in Photoshop, you just have to follow a few simple steps. 

Define The Lines

First, we will show you how you can select the area you want to color on your image to make sure that you define the lines you don’t want to go over. Many people use the Image Trace feature in Photoshop to convert their images into vector graphics for easier editing, but you can also use the selection tools or pen tool. 

Make a new layer and carefully trace the lines you want to work on with the Pen tool. Alternatively, you can also use the Lasso Tool for selection; it does not let you color beyond the selected area. 

Here’s a video that defines the steps to color like a professional: 


Now that you have the lines in the new layer change the color mode to Grayscale for this layer so that there are no missed color spots while coloring later on. 

Next, you need to make a new layer and color the background white for coloring precision by using the paintbrush tool or Edit > Fill and lock this background layer with the lines layer. 

Proceed to the coloring by making new layers for each different color that you will color. To make sure you don’t go beyond the lines, set your brush tool hardness to 100%. Using a smaller brush around the edges of the lines will also help in precisely coloring. 


Photoshop gives us various features to make sure we can color our work precisely; this includes tools like the Lasso tool and the layer-by-layer working methods. Such features ensure we don’t color beyond the lines in Photoshop. We explained how you could use these features to your advantage.