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Photoshop Stroke Question


User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 5:59PM
Any idea if there's a way to get more control of the stroke blending option in layer styles? I want to do an outside stroke but without rounded corners.

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arhb e2
7 2.4k 68 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 6:13PM
Set to square/chisel edged brush?
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 9:50PM
Sadly the chosen brush has no effect. You can see the problem in this screengrab, I want square corners, I can get that if I use an inside stroke but it ingresses into the picture.

28-11-2012-21-37-15.jpg

lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 9:53PM
Make whatever you're drawing 18px too big and put a 18px inside border on it.

select the layer and then go under Select->Modify and expand it by 18px.
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 12:08AM
That would work if I was selecting areas from another photograph, make them too big then inside stroke them.

My layers are images that I don't want to crop so I need to do outside stroke.

Have been making a photobook for an Xmas gift. Here's a typical page (resized by ePz) I made for a book. The white strokes have rounded corners and I had to keep em thin to minimize the effect. If I did inside strokes they'd spoil some of the pictures Sad

multi1.jpg



It looks like I'm going to have to enlarge the canvas of the original pics before bringing them onto the background. Trouble is at this point I'd position and resize then add a stroke. Any resizing will also resize the border I create earlier.
GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
29 Nov 2012 7:17AM
I may have a way of achieving this Chris:

Convert layer into smart object, right-click and select 'edit contents', increase canvas size as required, use paint bucket tool to fill transparent border (not sure how to avoid transparency - canvas extension colour was greyed out), hit save. That seems to create the border at required size with the layer in situ.
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 9:43AM
That will do it Glenn, thanks. Can't believe it's not available as an option that can be toggled.
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 10:07AM
or alternativly:
Ctrl + click on the layer to select its contents
Select->Modify and expand it by 18px
add a new layer
add stroke inside 18px
then link (or merge) the two layers and you can resize how you like.
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 11:07AM
I don't know if you tried it but it doesn't work. Also the expanded selection has rounded corners! Thanks anyway.
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 11:09AM
Oooh! http://kelbytv.com/askdave/2010/04/05/get-square-corners-on-a-stroke-that%E2%80%99s-outside-rather-than-inside/
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 11:17AM
I'm baffled now, I can't get that to work! Can anyone else? When I apply the minimum filter it just screws up the photo that I want to stroke Sad

Edit - Reading the comments seems I'm not the only one. It only works for bloody solid colour squares ffs! Rarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
29 Nov 2012 11:17AM
I saw that Chris, but it seemed to work better with his white square than it did on my photo, which was mashed by the upsizing! I was experimenting with a crappy JPEG though - maybe it'll work better on a high res file.

Edit: too slow!
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 11:21AM
Cross posting Glenn, looks like we both saw same solution but had same problem with solution. There's got to be a killer way that can be put into an action.

What I like about using stroke is that the stroke remains constant even if you change the size of the layer that's being stroked.
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 1:58PM

Quote:I don't know if you tried it but it doesn't work. Also the expanded selection has rounded corners! Thanks anyway.


missed that. You can get round that by using quick mask:

Ctrl + click on the layer to select its contents
Press Q for Quick mode then Filter>other>maximum 15px
Press q again
use the paint bucket to fill the space bettween the pic and your selection with a colour
add stroke inside 18px

Kind of looks like it works to me
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 2:29PM
That almost works but doesn't quite and I think I understand why. After filling the gap with colour (I choose red so can spot it easily) I have an 15px new red border round my image, when I inner stroke this layer 18 pixels white it creates a border that's more like 30 pixels wide.

Seems to me, maybe others can confirm, when you do an inner stroke it does both inner borders at the same time. Weird!

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