Alright, I'll mention that photoshop is my main deal. I keep trying Illustrator over the years and it kicks my butt.
I need the stroke around this circle to be like it is "one" with the circle itself. I need the grunge texture that I lay over the circle and stroke to affect the circle and the stroke the same. Here is a few options I've tried below, although I have tried many more, I just cant get it right. I need the overall circle to look like the one on the far right, but with a stroke still entact (not like the far left though)
Here is a video on how to make the mask you can use either raster image or vector art of the grunge art.
Dude, you did not just make a video for me! Very cool, and exactly what I needed. I've neve seen someone just flat out make a video for another on a forum post I'd give you 100 points if I could.