Add Stroke on a Different Layer

In this lesson, we’ll learn how to

  • Add Text to a Layout
  • Simplify Text Layer
  • Use the Magic Wand
  • Add a Stroke (Outline) Selection
  • Move Layer
  • Add Shadows


Add Text to a Layout

Use the Horizontal Text Tool to choose font and size.  Thick, heavy fonts work best.

Horizontal Text tool


Type your text and accept it.  Drag a corner of the bounding box to make it larger, if desired.



Simplify Layer

In order to add a stroke the Text Layer needs to be simplified.  Select the Text Layer in the Layers Panel, Right-click> Simplify Layer

Simplify Layer


Select the Text (Method 1 or 2)

  1. Hold the Shift key and use the Magic Wand to select each letter.



2. Hold the Ctrl key and click on the Text thumbnail.  All the letters are selected.


Add a Stroke (Outline) Selection

On a New Layer, select Edit> Stroke (Outline) Selection…



Set Stroke Width> Outside> Click OK




Move Stroke Layer Below the Text Layer

The stroke is now on a separate layer above the text.  Drag the layer below the text.




Add Shadows

Shadows can be applied to either the Stroke or Text separately or on both.   So easy!



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