I am brand new to Elements 10, but trying this very thing.
Have created a "paws" drawing from the standard drawings with transparent background.
Edit > Stroke Outline, and OK. It didn't do anything.
I tried it with the lasso selecting each element of the image (the fingers and palm), and did the same thing. Nothing happened.
What am I doing wrong?
On the layer with the paw on transparent background, left click the layer thumbnail to make the selection active. You should see "marching ants" around the selection.
Now, go to Edit>stroke(outline)selection, and position the stroke inside.
Please post back with you progress.
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Sorry, I omitted a cruicial detail.
If you have a layer with an object surrounded by transparency, CTRL+left click the layer thumbnail to make the selection active.
The print screen below is illustrative. I selected the car with the lasso tool, went to Layer>new>layer via copy.
That generated Layer 1, car surrounded by transparency.
To make the selection (car) active, press CTRL+left click the layer thumbnail on layer1. Note the marching ants.
I'm not using layers - tho one would assume this works with or without.
I've just created the item, and now want to stick an outline on it.
What you have suggested of CTRL left clicking the thumbnail DOES start the ants, but then Edit Stroke Outline has no effect at all. And the ant remain!
Make the selection
Go to Edit>stroke(outline)selection, select width of stroke, color that contrasts with background, position stroke inside.
Go to Select>deselect or CTRL+D to get rid of the marching ants.
Suggest that you become familiar with use of layers - the heart and soul of this program.
Sorry but this just doesn't work.
I have it selected. NOTHING else is in the page. Just this one thing to test with. So if I made a layer, it would be a duplicate and thus, make no difference.
I get the ants.
Do the Outline. Nothing happens. Ants replace and no edge.
Let's try again.
Here is an image of 2 boats on a trailer.
5 .Go to Edit>stroke(outline)selection. I used green for the stroke color, width=10px, position:inside.
Ok. I created a brand new blank file. I then created a new paws image using Elements drawing tool.
I now want to make that image transparent. I should not need any layers as there is nothing else there at all. I know the purpose of the layers - to make a copy in case you screw it up. Or in the case of your boats, and VERY clever way of highlighting something within a photo.
Not needed in this scenario and will help me learn how to do it.
Ok - the Ants, yes.
INSIDE ??? Why would I want to put an edge around the INSIDE of it? Surely if I did that, I will lose part of the image I have cut out?
And why, if it Outlines, can it not outline the 'out'...side? Surely that is the whole point of it?
But yes, INSIDE did do it inside, and "paint" 14px inside over the top of the image.
With the selection active in Layer 1, go to Select>modify>expand to expand the selection by a few pixels and apply the stroke outside. You will need to experiment to get it right for your purpose.
Also have a look in Select>refine edge to fine tune the selection.
Another approach to address the critical nature of this project is as follows:
Then open a blank layer above layer 1. This will be layer 2. Apply the stroke on layer 2 (Edit>stroke--)
Note that this is not a drawing program. There is an inexpensive add-on called Elements +. This has Paths.
Are you really say, you cannot just create something, and "add an edge" to the outline of that item that Elements has made for you?
You really have to expand someone and put the "outline".... INSIDE it? (which btw it not technically an "outline".
I have some software I've been using for about 10-15 years from Microsoft. It's not brilliant at gradients, but I can 'edge' anything by 1 or more pixels in about 3 clicks!! I can copy and paste it (not layer) it in a flash.
For Elements not to be able to do a genuine "outline" is really rubbish. Sorry. It is.
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