How to Adjust the Stroke Effect of a PSE Style

In this lesson, we’ll learn more about Styles

  • What are styles?
  • How to load styles (refresher).
  • How to apply a stroke to a word strip.
  • How to change the stroke color.
  • How to change the stroke width.
  • How to change the stroke position.
  • Using the stroke style with fonts.

For this tutorial, I am using Painted Autumn Photo Styles by Snickerdoodle Designs.


I’m also using part of the Painted Autumn Word Strips pack included in this kit which is available exclusively at The Digichick.

Included in the pack are Word Strips that are on a background with styles already applied.  However, it also includes just the words or phrases, so you can apply the style you prefer, adjust them as you like and choose the background too.  We’ll work with the plain words/phrases.

Painted Autumn Word Strips

I’m using Photoshop Elements v14.  Karen (Snickerdoodle Designs) has a sister tutorial for Photoshop users.  You can see Karen’s Photoshop Tutorial here.

Have you ever wanted to change the stroke color, size or something else on a Style but didn’t know if you could?  And, if you could, how would you do it?  In this lesson, we’ll learn more about styles and options.

What are Styles?

Styles are the effects that can be added to items on a scrapbook layout.  Some effects you’re probably familiar with are drop shadows, bevels, photo effects, etc.


Each of the styles listed has a drop-down menu with additional options.


How to Load Styles (Refresher)

Open the Effects panel.

Click on the drop-down list in the upper right corner.


Click on Load Styles.


Locate the styles you want to load on your computer.  Select the .asl file.  Click Load.


Now these Styles will be available on the Styles drop-down list.

How to Apply a Stroke Style to Word Strips

  First, place the Text-Only word strip on your layout.


It will look something like this.
(The background color shown is for illustration purposes only).


Be sure you are still on the bonfires text-only layer we just added, click the alt-pink-thick layer style to apply.


Notice, the style changes the color of the black text to pink (red) with a thick white stroke.


How to Change the Stroke Color

This looks good but maybe you prefer a different color stroke?  Double click on the fx button.


This let you see the settings for the style.  Stroke is checked. The size of the stroke is 7 pixels, positioned on the Outside, the color is white and the Opacity is 100%.

To change the color, click once on the color swatch.


Use the Color Picker Tool to pick another kit color you’d prefer.


After selecting the new color, click OK.  The white stroke color is now changed to gold.


How to Change the Stroke Position

The stroke position can also be changed.  Each position will give a very different look.

We’ll try Position: Center.  Select Center on the drop-down. Click OK.


Notice that even though the Size is the same as the first example the look is different.

Using the Stroke Style With Fonts

Maybe you’re thinking, This is so cool, can I use it with any font I have?  I’m glad you asked!  Yes, you can apply this stroke style with other fonts too.  In the following example, I first typed “TEXT EXAMPLE” using a font on my computer.  The color doesn’t matter at this point because as before the stroke style will set the color.   The red text is the original text typed.

Then I applied the green thick style.

Then I changed the color of the stroke to the blue from the kit.  Isn’t that cool!


I also tried sliding the text with the white stroke under the text with the blue stroke leaving it slightly offset.  I then simplified both layers, merged them, and added a slight shadow.  I thought this looked pretty neat too.



For this example, I copied the top half of the text only. It copies the original text without the stroke style applied, so it’s just the red text I started with.  Then I pasted it on top of the blue text with the stroke applied.   It looked like this.


Then I selected the red portion using the Magic Wand Tool while holding the Shift key.  Then I applied the green thick stroke.  Wowsers!  I love this tool.


If you don’t like the white stripe through the center of the text you could use the Flood Fill to change that area to green but you’d lose the texture.


Here are the links to Snickerdoodle Designs items used in this tutorial and the collection:

If you use Photoshop instead of Photoshop Elements, Karen has an excellent tutorial for Photoshop you can find here.

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