Hi there! I'm trying to add an outline to text or objects through the style fx, then I want to add more outlines. It would be nice if you could just add a new stroke like in illustrator. I don't want copy the layer and just do a thicker outline behind it, the point is to have it all on the same layer .. just wondering if thats possible. Thanks!
You can use both Outer Glow and Drop Shadow to create outer strokes. For Drop Shadow you have to set the Distance to 0 and the Spread to 100% while for the Outer Glow you only have to set the Spread to 100%. And don't forget to change the blend mode to Normal if you want a normal stroke.
You have been given two approaches which may meet your needs. There is another way that offers independent control of the styles, but you do use multiple layers.
Assume you have a path that defines your object and lets say you want to apply three different styles and have independent and ongoing control over each. Create a new blank layer for each style. On each of those layers apply a brush stroke to the path, say a 1 pixel stroke whose color is also the background color as an example. Now on each of those layers apply your chosen layer styles. That is what I have done in this example: