Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add a Stroke Layer Style in Photoshop



Stroke is often used to outline a layer object in Photoshop. Stroke is one of many Layer Styles found in Photoshop. Layer Styles are generally created by using a series of styles at one time, such as, Stroke, Drop Shadow and Emboss.


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

Select the Text tool, click the workspace and add some text. Set the Text Color to blue.

Step Three

Select the Text layer in the Layers palette and choose Layer > Layer Style > Stroke. A stroke is added to the text with the default settings.

Step Four

Notice that the Stroke heading is Bold and has a checkbox. Selecting a heading name, changes the effect dialog box on the right.

Step Five

To set the Stroke Color, click the Color Rectangle and change the color.

Step Six

The Stroke thickness can be adjusted with the Size slider. To set the Stroke Position, choose Outside, Inside or Center from the Position pull-down menu.

Step Seven

To adjust the Stroke transparency, pull the Opacity slider to the left or right.

Step Eight

The Blend Mode options are similar to the layer Blending Modes in Photoshop.

Step Nine

Strokes can be filled with a Color, Gradient or Pattern.

Step Ten

You can always click the Reset to Default button to reset all the dialog box settings.

Step Eleven

Once you are satisfied with your settings, click OK.

Step Twelve

You can return to the settings by double-clicking the Stroke layer style in the Layers panel.

Copy/Paste Layer Styles

To duplicate a layer style, select the source style layer, choose Layer > Layer Style > Copy. Select the target layer and choose Layer > Layer Style > Paste.

Adding Layer Styles with Layers Panel

In addition to the Layers menu, you can also add a Layer Style by clicking the Add a Layer Style icon (displays as fx) at the bottom of the Layers palette and selecting the desired style.


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