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Chapter 11. Using the Paths Palette > Stroking an Area of an Image Using Paths

Stroking an Area of an Image Using Paths

The Stroke Path option is an excellent way to control any of Photoshop's drawing or image-editing tools. When you select the Stroke Path options, you're essentially giving Photoshop control of the tool, and using a pre-existing path to control the shape of the stroke. The important thing to remember is that the tool selected for the Stroke Path option will perform the way it was last used. For example, if the last time you used the Paintbrush tool you selected a star-shaped, 40-pixel brush; selecting the Paintbrush as the Stroke tool will cause it to stroke the path using a star-shaped, 40-pixel brush.

Stroke an Area of an Image Using Paths

Open a document that contains a path, or create a new path.

Select the Paths palette, and then select one of the paths.

Click the Paths Options button, and then click Stroke Path.

Click the Tools list arrow, and then select from the available tools.

Select the Simulate Pressure check box to mimic the pressure variables experienced when using a drawing tablet.

Click OK.

The Stroke Path command applies the stroke using the original path to guide the brush.


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