I started using Photoshop to create digital drawings. Whenever I try to draw with the brush, it comes out blurry and pixelated. When I zoom in, I can see the pixels that made up the brush stroke. I tried using different brushes (Photoshop default brushes and user created) but they all have a blurry look. I put the hardness to 100% but it still looks blurry. I tried using different canvas sizes, but that doesn't fix the problem. How do I fix this to create smooth brush strokes (without pen tool)?

Example of a blurry/pixelated brush stroke whenever the brush is used

(Zoomed in) Pixels that make up the brush stroke

Brush with spacing 1% and resolution at 200 (still pixelated)

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    You really never want a brush spacing at 1%. Your'e repeating pixels too often that way. But anyway... issues with brush smoothness are often traced to issues with hardware. Especially if this is a new system or fresh install of Photoshop. Note that "zoomed in" is always gong to make pixel edges far more visible. – Scott Apr 18 at 5:24
  • Do you understand the difference between raster images and vector images? There is no such thing as a smooth curve in a raster image that won’t appear pixelated when you zoom in. For that you need vector artwork; try using Inkscape (free) or Adobe Illustrator if you have it. – Wildcard Apr 18 at 7:19
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    Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Don't zoom in on raster images more than 100%. You will see pixels if you do that. There is nothing wrong here. – Billy Kerr Apr 18 at 7:35

what is your image size ? If the resolution is set to 72 it will display pixelated, depending on what monitor you have too.

For 2019 I recommend setting the image resolution to 144 which is HD quality.

Also in your Brush Settings you might have the brush set on higher spacing. You could lower it down and have a way smoother outcome

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  • Thanks for your response. I tried what you said (I put the resolution at 144 and then to 200; fixed the spacing to 1%) but the brush is still pixelated (image added to the original post). – DigitalDraw Apr 18 at 0:51
  • Have you tried resetting or Restoring Default brushes, maybe the brush you're using is traced from a pixelated version. – Alex Satriani Apr 18 at 1:02
  • The brush is one of the default brushes in Photoshop. – DigitalDraw Apr 18 at 1:14
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    Resolution (dpi) doesn't mean anything for digital files. What's your document size in pixels (width/height)? – Sergey Kritskiy Apr 18 at 4:46

The Issue might be shape Dynamics (Not Sure)

maybe you have shape dynamics on; so make it off cuz jitter can make your brush faded;

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