I am trying to draw with 1px pencil but it draws 3px square. I checked my grid settings and Im sure that every grid is 1 px. How can I fix that? 1px pencil draws 3px

as you see this is 3x3px canvas and pencil is 1px but it fills all canvas.

thanks in advance.

  • Make sure you have a default square or round brush selected. Some brushes don't scale down to 1 pixel.
    – 13ruce
    Sep 21 '15 at 15:49
  • Note: Even if you have a square brush selected, if it isn't the 1 pixel brush, it may not actually scale down to 1 pixel in the slider.
    – 13ruce
    Sep 21 '15 at 15:54
  • @13ruce thank you I was scaling down to 1px using slider. After I choose from given preset sizes of brush, it scaled down to 1 px.
    – Kdaydin
    Sep 21 '15 at 16:05
  • Good to hear it worked out. I've added my comment as an answer so you can mark this one answered. Cheers!
    – 13ruce
    Sep 21 '15 at 16:30
  • i was having the same problem with pixel art studies. did you solve it?
    – Art Dark's
    Aug 21 '19 at 0:01

Be sure to select the 1-pixel brush from the square brush set. If you select a larger square brush, the slider may not scale it down to 1 pixel.


Clicking on the "Pencil Icon" and choose "Reset Tool". Then choose “Brush Tip” of the pencil. Use standard round or square to get one pixel.

  • this is the way
    – darryn.ten
    Jul 20 at 6:31
  • I'm sorry, but after 8 hours of searching, I didn't find anything you mentioned. I see at least 6 "Pencil Icons" in Photoshop window.
    – Angel
    Aug 23 at 17:32

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