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Tue, 31 March 2009 11:35 Go to next message
john [1] (Photoshop begginer)
As part of an action in CS4 I select can stroke a line all round an
image to make a simple frame. The images can differ in size but that
is no problem in the action.

I would like to be able to add a second stroke outside the original
one. If I just expand the selection I wind up with rounded corners
when I want square ones.

It appears that the selection / transform tools should work but I
cannot see any way to increase a selection by a uniform amount on each
side say 40 pixels. Scaling a rectangular selection by a fixed % does
not give an even spacing.

Any ideas how to do this.
Tue, 31 March 2009 13:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Roy G (Photoshop expert)
<john @ world.com> wrote in message
news:jud4t4hp2toeoitrm72quuu7nhj09n1kp2@4ax.com...
> As part of an action in CS4 I select can stroke a line all round an
> image to make a simple frame. The images can differ in size but that
> is no problem in the action.
>
> I would like to be able to add a second stroke outside the original
> one. If I just expand the selection I wind up with rounded corners
> when I want square ones.
>
> It appears that the selection / transform tools should work but I
> cannot see any way to increase a selection by a uniform amount on each
> side say 40 pixels. Scaling a rectangular selection by a fixed % does
> not give an even spacing.
>
> Any ideas how to do this.


Have a look at "Image" - "Canvas Size" - "Relative".

Roy G
Tue, 31 March 2009 13:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
jaSPAMc (Photoshop expert)
john @ world.com found these unused words:

>As part of an action in CS4 I select can stroke a line all round an
>image to make a simple frame. The images can differ in size but that
>is no problem in the action.
>
>I would like to be able to add a second stroke outside the original
>one. If I just expand the selection I wind up with rounded corners
>when I want square ones.
>
>It appears that the selection / transform tools should work but I
>cannot see any way to increase a selection by a uniform amount on each
>side say 40 pixels. Scaling a rectangular selection by a fixed % does
>not give an even spacing.
>
>Any ideas how to do this.

Deselect, then re-select between the steps?
Tue, 31 March 2009 17:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
john [1] (Photoshop begginer)
On Tue, 31 Mar 2009 18:03:13 +0100, "Roy G" <royphot@virgin.net>
wrote:

>
><john @ world.com> wrote in message
>news:jud4t4hp2toeoitrm72quuu7nhj09n1kp2@4ax.com...
>> As part of an action in CS4 I select can stroke a line all round an
>> image to make a simple frame. The images can differ in size but that
>> is no problem in the action.
>>
>> I would like to be able to add a second stroke outside the original
>> one. If I just expand the selection I wind up with rounded corners
>> when I want square ones.
>>
>> It appears that the selection / transform tools should work but I
>> cannot see any way to increase a selection by a uniform amount on each
>> side say 40 pixels. Scaling a rectangular selection by a fixed % does
>> not give an even spacing.
>>
>> Any ideas how to do this.
>
>
>Have a look at "Image" - "Canvas Size" - "Relative".
>
>Roy G
>

Thank you. That can be made to work. I had not thought of using this
round about way but in an action it is simple.

I have often wondered why there was no "expand with square corners" in
the selection menu. Guess I will not need it now

John
Fri, 03 April 2009 17:33 Go to previous message
John Forest (Advanced Photoshop user)
If you want to apply a stroke of a different color as the second stroke you
could proceed as follows:

1 Select all

2 Stroke with the color you want to be closest to the image. Make this
stroke as wide as the width of the two strokes together. Set the stroke to
be inside the boundary.

3 Stroke with the second color with the width you want for the outer
stroke.

As an example, suppose you want to put a white border around the image and
surround that with a black border. (This looks good on a print.) If you
wanted each border to be 20 pixels wide you would stroke first with the
white at 40 pixels, and then stroke again with 20 pixels. This will be easy
to do as an action. Just record the steps as you do it once and save it as
an action.

This presumes that you don't mind that the stroke cuts into the edges of the
original image.
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