Stroking Paths

Did you know that you can stroke a path with no fewer than 16 tools? That's an awful lot of scope for creativity. You can use any one of the following tools: Pencil, Brush, Eraser, Background Eraser, Clone Stamp, Pattern Stamp, Healing Brush, History Brush, Art History Brush, Smudge, Blur, Sharpen, Dodge, Burn, Sponge, and Color Replacement.

To stroke an existing path using any one of the preceding tools, take the following steps:

1. Specify the settings of the tool you wish to use to stroke (that is, Brush, Blur, Clone Stamp tool, and so forth).

2. Activate the path by clicking the path tile in the Paths palette.

3. From the Paths palette menu, select Stroke Path and choose the tool in the pop-up dialog box. Note that you can also call up the Stroke Path dialog box by holding down Alt (Windows), Opt (Mac OS) and then clicking the Stroke Path with Brush button in the Paths palette (Figure 10-9).

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Figure 10-9: Detail from the Paths palette with the Stroke Path with Brush button highlighted.

Figure 10-9: Detail from the Paths palette with the Stroke Path with Brush button highlighted.

When you click the OK button, the path will be stroked with the foreground color—unless, of course, you decide to use the Eraser tool!

TIP Here's a quick-and-dirty way to stroke a path: While the work path is active, press B (for Brush). Next, select a brush shape and foreground color and then press Enter (Windows), Return (Mac OS).

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