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Chapter 8. Painting and Drawing > Adding a Stroke to a Selection or Layer

Adding a Stroke to a Selection or Layer

Photoshop Elements’ Stroke command adds a colored rule or border around any selected object or layer. With the Stroke command, you can easily trace around almost anything, from simple rectangle or ellipse selections to complex typographic characters. Since you can control both the stroke’s thickness and where the stroke is drawn in relation to a selection (inside, outside, or centered), you can create everything from delicate, single-ruled outlines to decorative, multiple-stroked borders and frames.

To apply a stroke:

Using any of the selection or marquee tools, select the area of your image to which you want to add a stroke.

If you’re adding a stroke to an object on its own transparent layer, there’s no need to make a selection. Instead, just check that the layer is active on the Layers palette.

From the Edit menu, choose Stroke to open the Stroke dialog box (Figure 8.35).

Figure 8.35. The Stroke dialog box.

In the Width text box, enter the stroke width, in pixels.

There’s no need to enter the pixel abbreviation (px) following the number value.

Change the stroke color by clicking the color box and opening the Color Picker.

Select the location of the stroke.

The location determines where the stroke is drawn: inside, outside, or centered directly on the selection (Figure 8.36).

Figure 8.36. Once an object is selected (top row), you can stroke it either inside, centered on, or outside of the selection (bottom row).

Ignore the Blending portion of the dialog box for now.

Click OK to apply the stroke to your selection or layer (Figure 8.37).

Figure 8.37. Select an object (left), then choose the Stroke command to apply a stroke (right).



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