How To Draw Support And Resistance Levels

How To Draw Support And Resistance Levels

Support and resistance trading is very powerful and knowing how to draw support and resistance levels on your price charts is a key skill for any trader.

However, we often see that traders make many mistakes when it comes to finding the best levels. Drawing support and resistance wrong will lead to wrong trading decisions and bad trades.

In this article, we help you understand how to find the best support and resistance levels easily.


#1 What is support and resistance?

Support and resistance levels are key price areas on your charts where the price has previously shown a reaction.

Support and resistance areas are confluence zones and they can be major swing points where the price has turned away from and started a completely new trend.

Below you see a classic support and resistance chart. Resistance (R) points are the ones where price could not break above and turned lower and support (S) levels are reaction points where price shot up from.

It is so important to know how to find the right support and resistance levels because:

  • You can use them to time entries
  • You can set take profit and stops using support and resistance
  • They can be used to scale in and out of trades

support and resistance levels

Support and Resistance basics: click to enlarge


#2 The reality of support and resistance trading

Now comes the problem with conventional levels and why so many traders lose money using support and resistance.

Traders who just draw thin horizontal lines on their charts usually find themselves in one of the following two  scenarios:

  • Price turns ahead of their level and they miss the trade
    Very frustrating and traders tend to be more aggressive in their next trades which results in a downward spiral. This can also cause FOMO.
  • Price spikes through the levels and price doesn’t care about the level
    Such traders will become scared or they might lose their confidence because it seems like nothing they are doing is working.

Let’s take another look at the first chart and when we look closer, we can see that more often than not, the price actually spiked through the level or missed it. At first glance, the chart from above looked like the levels could help us describe the price action nicely, but when we look closer we see that the technique often fails.

support and resistance failure



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#3 How to use support and resistance zones

Price is a very dynamic concept and volatility and momentum can affect price moves in significant ways. This is especially true when we look at the most important support and resistance areas.

When the majority of traders is trying to place a trade at a very obvious price level, the professional traders know this and they will then do their best to kick out the amateurs by letting price spike through levels or make it turn before the actual level.

To overcome this shortcoming and to improve our trading skills, we need to start using ZONES instead of just single lines.

The screenshot below shows the same chart again, but this time I used zones instead of just one line. As you can see, the zones now include all major turning points and we can describe much more effectively.

Of course, it’s far from being perfect – but nothing in trading is! By using zones, you can create so-called “noise zones” and filter out a lot of noise and stay out of troubles.

If this is new to you, just pull up price charts and start drawing zones instead of small lines when looking for levels. Also, try to keep the zones as narrow as reasonably possible. Over time, you will see how this will improve your chart reading.




support and resistance zones

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Comments ( 17 )

  • Beginner

    Amazing! Simple and efficient!

  • Emilrose


  • Brian lee

    Thank you for valuable concepts and i have a qucik question
    Should i consider trend lines as a zone not a fine line?
    Thanks again

    • Rolf

      Hi there,
      you could certainly do that too.


  • John

    Hi, is there a deeper explanation about this topic in the course? Thanks.

  • Francois

    Do you draw the zones in higher time frames and scale in to enter trades ?

    • Rolf

      No, not necessarily.

  • Ravi C

    1) Can i use this in indian market ?
    2) Is this applicable to Day trading and Swing trading?
    3) Can i place orders in advance (something like set and forget)

    • Rolf

      Yes to the first 2 🙂 The principles can be applied universally.

      The third is too strategy specific and I cannot really provide much help without context.


  • Prabh Singh

    What should be the width of the zone?In above example,all zonal areas dont have same width.This is because if the width is more which means range in itself is more than more are chances of missing the trade.

    • Rolf

      The width has to change based on chart context and it depends on volatility and market conditions.


  • Daisy mathebula


    Thanks again that was so enlightening you are a good teacher keep up the good work. Where in my laptop do I get that icon to make the zones on my chart also how do I set the chart alarm please .

    Best Regards

  • Ashok

    Hi Rolf.
    Can I use the difference btwn the line chart (close)and Candle chart to draw the zones.TIA

  • Moura brazil

    ola Rolf , gostaria de saber se no seu livro tem esses ensinamentos

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