Adding a Stroke to a Selection

Adding a Stroke to a Selection

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Stroke a Photoshop Selection



In Photoshop, you can make a selection, then apply a stroke to the selection. It can be used for geometric and free form shapes.

In addition to stroking a selection with a line, you can also make a custom brush follow a path. For more information, see topic, Stroking a Path With a Brush.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.

Step Two

Add a selection to the document by choosing the Elliptical Marquee tool (m key) and click-dragging in the workspace.

Step Three

To open the stroke dialog box, choose Edit > Stroke.

Step Four

In the top portion of the box you can set the Stroke Width and Color.

Step Five

Location is used to position the line Inside, Centered or Outside the selection.

Step Six

Blending and Opacity are similar to Photoshop's layer options.

Step Seven

Once you have set the options, press OK to stroke the selection.

Stroking a Single Line

In the Marquee tool choices, you can select Rectangular, Elliptical, Single Row or Single Column. Choose either Single Row or Single Column and drag a line in the document. Choose Edit > Stroke and in the options set the location to Center. Click OK and a line is drawn on the selection.


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