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CS6 : How to convert a path stroke in a vector shape ?

Oct 11, 2012 12:32 PM

Tags: #convert #vector #stroke #cs6

Hello,

 

When you use the Photoshop CS6 new function stroke on the path of a vector shape, how can you convert the result in a vector shape ?

 

Merging multiple vector shapes doesn't work. The strokes outlines are not vectorized in the new vector shape.

 

It's possible to convert in pixel and keep the stroke drawing, but no way to convert in vector.

Illustrator has a similar function in order to vectorize the stroke.

 

Thanks for your help

 
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    Oct 11, 2012 1:09 PM   in reply to photoshopstarter2012

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    Hi and welcome to the forum!

     

    When you use the Photoshop CS6 new function stroke on the path of a vector shape, how can you convert the result in a vector shape ?

     

     

    When you use a Rectangle/Ellipse/etc creation tool in Shape mode (see Options bar) then you do create a vector object (it's actually a Fill layer with a vector mask). The stroke options for these tools only appear when the tool is in Shape mode, anyway.

     

    Merging multiple vector shapes doesn't work. The strokes outlines are not vectorized in the new vector shape.

     

    Multiple vector Shape layers do merge into one vector Shape layer as long as all layers being merged are Shape layers. A mixture of layer types will be merged into a pixel layer.

     

    It's possible to convert in pixel and keep the stroke drawing, but no way to convert in vector.

    Illustrator has a similar function in order to vectorize the stroke.

     

    If you're referring to Illustrator's trace function then the closest thing in Photoshop is to convert a Selection to a Path. There are many methods for making a selection, such as Magic Wand, Quick Selection, Color Range, Cmd/Ctrl-clicking on a thumbnail, etc. Then you would use "Make Work Path..." command found in the Paths panel.

     
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    Oct 11, 2012 2:00 PM   in reply to photoshopstarter2012

    Yes, I misunderstood.

     

    Photoshop has no command to directly create a new vector path from the outline of a stroke.

     

    You could try making Path from Selection. With the Shape on a white background, click on the pink with the Magic Wand Tool with options as shown below:

     

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 21.44.23.png

     

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 21.44.44.png

     

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 21.48.36.png

     

    Screen shot 2012-10-11 at 21.45.38.png

     
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    Oct 11, 2012 2:52 PM   in reply to photoshopstarter2012

    I agree, the result is poor.

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 4:43 AM   in reply to photoshopstarter2012

    I've also wanted this for a long time now! Sad to see that it wasn't included in Photoshop CC either

     
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  • Pierre Courtejoie
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    Jun 18, 2013 6:24 AM   in reply to simgust

    Hello!

    If you subscribe to the full cloud offering, you can use Illustrator CC to do such a thing, but you do already know that, from post #3

     
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