How to Outline Text in Photoshop

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Outline any text in Adobe Photoshop to make it stand out. The best part is, it’s quick to do and easy to learn even if you’re a Photoshop beginner. And this is just one of the many type effects you can learn in Photoshop.

But be subtle. Subtlety is important because you can create beautiful effects with just the right font combination The 10 Best Photoshop Typefaces to Use in Creative Cloud The 10 Best Photoshop Typefaces to Use in Creative Cloud Typefaces can make a huge impact when used correctly. Here are the best Photoshop typefaces you get with Creative Cloud. Read More , otherwise outlined text can look overdone.

How to Outline Text in Photoshop

This method uses Layer Styles to create the stroke. It also allows the type layer to remain editable. You can also use the steps below to add a stroke to any other object on your canvas apart from type.

  1. Select the Type tool (Horizontal or Vertical) and create your text.
  2. Right-click on Type Layer and choose Blending Options from the menu. Or go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke.
  3. In the Layer Style dialog box, opt for Stroke under the list of styles on the left.
    Photoshop Layer Styles
  4. The options under the Stroke style give you complete control over the appearance of the outline. Set the size or width to the desired amount by using either the slider or enter your own value.
  5. Choose a Position for the stroke. The right position changes the appearance when text is combined with other layer elements. There are three choices.
    • Inside.The stroke will be placed inside the edges of the selection.
    • Center. The stroke will appear 10 pixels inside and out of the selection.
    • Outside. The stroke will run along the outside edge of the selection.
  6. Use the Blend Mode to control how the colored stroke will interact with the colors or layers under the stroke. For instance, if you place the text over a colorful image.
  7. Use the Opacity slider to set the degree of transparency for the stroke.
  8. Strokes can be filled with solid-color lines, colorful gradients, as well as patterned borders. Click on the color tile to open the color picker. Choose your color. Click OK.

Here’s the end result:

Photoshop - Outlined Text

If it looks bland, don’t worry. You can create more colorful text effects. Experiment for interesting results. For instance, the screenshot below shows a patterned stroke.

How to Outline Text in Photoshop Text Patterned Effect

How Does Your First Outlined Text Look?

There are many ways to outline a text, but a basic stroke is simple enough. You can always combine the text with the Layer Styles to add effects. This method is also flexible as you can copy-paste any other text to replace the one you were working on. The Layer style stays intact and the image will update with the new text you just pasted.

Now, let’s move on from text to shapes with the Custom Shape Tool in Photoshop How to Use the Custom Shape Tool in Adobe Photoshop How to Use the Custom Shape Tool in Adobe Photoshop Our step-by-step guide to using the Custom Shape Tool in Adobe Photoshop, a versatile tool that's often overlooked. Read More . Make sure you review our handy list of Photoshop keyboard shortcuts Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts 101 Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts 101 Whether you're a beginner or a pro, these Adobe Photoshop keyboard shortcuts will save you hours of time. Read More , too.

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  1. Ant West
    September 27, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Your explanation came up first in my Google search and I have to say its a great, easily applied tutorial. I had my result in minutes. Thank you very much!

  2. Karyn Hitchman
    August 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I've wondered about this for so long and finally searched it. Thank you so much. Clear and concise