When I draw a rectangle shape in Photoshop it has colour properties.

But when I draw a line it has no colour properties and just uses currently selected colour.

I want to change the colours of lines I have already drawn. How do I do this?

  • 1
    If it's on it's own layer, you can double click the layer thumbnail, just like any shape layer. You can also select the shape and select one of the Shape related tools: Path selection tool, for example. Then you'll be able to see: Fill, Stroke and other tool related options at the top. Note that if the line has a stroke that is set inside, it might be blocking the fill color.
    – Joonas
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 8:35
  • Thanks, double clicking worked. I think I linked the layers as all lines changed colour at once but that was what I actually wanted :)
    – Guerrilla
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 9:25
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    You can add a color overlay layer style.
    – Benneb10
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 13:36
  • Accept and get upvote
    – joojaa
    Commented Jul 30, 2021 at 20:43

4 Answers 4


You have two basic options: You can double click on the layer in Layer tab -> Layer style -> Color Overlay or

You can change the color if you select your shape layer and up there you will see the shape tollbar. Fill option sets the color of the shape.

Hope it helps.


On Any of the photoshop version, just press A on your keyboard, A bar will be displayed at the top, from there you can twist your shape to whatever you have including changing line color, increasing it thickness. etc.

  • This solved the exact problem.
    – Vikas
    Commented May 11, 2019 at 5:00

Select the Move tool

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Click on the line to Select it

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Now click on Line Tool

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On top of your screen click on Stroke and chose a color

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As commented under question, pressing A solves the problem. The thing is, when you've selected a tool like Move tool (V), you're not in control of shape attributes, but you're more in control of object's positions and alignments.

When you select Direction Selection Tool or Path Selection Tool (A), it selects the part(s) of object and hence you get the options to alter them.

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