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Photoshop Quickies #2 – How to use Stroke in Adobe Photoshop

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Stroke is one of the most popular layer style in Adobe Photoshop. Layer Style are effects added to layers in Photoshop. If you have had enough experience using layer styles, you can achieve different types of effect using these different types of layers.

The stroke layer style is used to add borders to shapes and layers. It is responsible for creating colored lines, colorful gradient and patterns. Strokes can be used hand in hand with other layer style to create an amazing effect.

The Stroke Dialog Box
Stroke is what you make of it because it gives you exactly the settings you apply to your layer. The settings are direct and easy to use, immediately the settings are changed, you will see the difference on the layer instantly. Below is the Stroke dialog box which can be seen under the Layer Palette

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The Stroke Dialog Box as you can see above has a stroke structure which comprises of the Size, Position, Blend mode, Opacity and Fill Type.

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Size
The size simply set the width of your stroke. It gives a thick border around your layer or text.

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Position

The position drop down consists of outside, inside and center. These three settings controls the adjustment of your stroke to whatever shape it’s being applied.

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The Outside settings creates border from the edge of your object that grows outwards away from the object. Example below:

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The inside settings creates border from the edge of your shape, grows inwards and towards the centre of your object. Example below:

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The Center creates border that starts from the shape and grows inwards and at the same time outwards as shown below:

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The Blend Mode

You can also set your stroke in blend mode. The blend mode affects the stroke layer and the layer beneath it. From the example below, the stroke applied in the first place was a yellow colour, but when the blend mode was set at Overlay, it changes to take the background colour.

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Opacity

Opacity simply means the degree to which light is not allowed to travel through. The opacity on the Stroke Dialog Box controls the transparency of your stroke. 100% gives you an opaque feel while lesser percentage give you a transparent feel.

See example below:

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Fill Type

The File Type consists of three drop-down menu settings vis: Colour, Gradient and Pattern. All these can be applied to your stroke.

Colour:

This setting enables you to select the kind of colour you want by clicking on the colour bar which takes you directly to the Colour Picker dialog box.

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Gradient

Enables you to apply gradient to your stroke. See example below:

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Pattern

You can also apply texture pattern to your stroke as shown below:

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Finally, we are closing it here today on another exciting topic on Photoshop Quickies. The only way you can assimilate this tutorial is by continuous practice.

I am your host Olabode Ojomo, a season designer and the founder of this website (olabodeskills.com). Enjoy.

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