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Photoshop® CS3 Bible by Robert C. Fuller, Laurie Ulrich Fuller

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Chapter 6. Filling and Stroking

Before things go too far here, let's make sure everyone's clear on the terminology. To fill a selection or a layer is to put color inside it; to stroke a selection or a layer is to put color around it. You can fill a layer or a selection or shape; you place a stroke around that filled area. Of course, you may prefer the term outline to stroke, but an outline is typically a border, a line placed around something to encase it, like a fence or a wall, to delineate it from the stuff surrounding it. Outlines are solid, uniform, and one thinks of them as being straight lines with sharp corners. A stroke, on the other hand, is more like color and/or a texture (depending on the nature of the stroke) that envelopes content, conforming to its shape rather than confining it. Further, stroke is also the PostScript term, and given the history of graphics and desktop publishing and their ties to the PostScript world, stroke also became (and remains) the term Photoshop uses, so for clarity's sake, we'll use it.

This chapter will teach you to fill selections using keyboard shortcuts, how to create interesting framing ...

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