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Jana Narin
PLEASE tell me there is a way to apply automatic strokes using the Pen Tool.
on Nov 26, 2014 at 8:20:43 pm

To apply pencil and brush strokes using the Pen Tool (in Photoshop CC - the version I'm using), I would constantly have to right-click on my path, and on the dialog menu that pops up, select "Stroke Path...," then select which "Tool" (I namely use the Pencil and Brush tools), then hit "OK." And that gets ANNOYING. This is Photoshop CC - which means there should be a way for the Pen Tool to automatically apply the (Pencil/Brush) strokes while I'm creating paths. Illustrator does that - so there should be a way for Photoshop to do that as well. It's a software a majority of artists use; there SHOULD be a way to automatically apply pen strokes. PLEASE tell me there is.


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sanjeev ramanathan
Re: PLEASE tell me there is a way to apply automatic strokes using the Pen Tool.
on Nov 29, 2014 at 7:22:58 am

This should work, i don't about Photoshop CC, i have CS6.

Go to the Pen tool options on the top and on the left select from 'Path' to 'Shape' this should create stroke automatically while drawing.

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Jannatul Shumi
Re: PLEASE tell me there is a way to apply automatic strokes using the Pen Tool.
on Jan 17, 2015 at 9:32:28 am

It should work and I am also using photoshop cs6 and its easier here to apply automatic stroke using pen tool.


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Herbert van der wegen
Re: PLEASE tell me there is a way to apply automatic strokes using the Pen Tool.
on Jan 28, 2015 at 6:14:52 am

You are correct, the stroke path function is not a real-time tool - so you will have to perform those steps manually each and every time.

Creating a shape does not result in the same stroke, of course.

If this bothers you, why not use Illustrator for your line work instead?

Alternatively, download Krita for free here: https://krita.org/
In Krita the "stroke path" function is automatically applied after drawing a path with the path tools (when used on a bitmap layer).

This indeed makes much more sense than PS's archaic approach. Besides, for drawing and (digital) painting Krita is quite a bit ahead of Photoshop as it stands.

And best of all: open source and free!

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