Adding a stroke to text in Photoshop is really simple, even if you are a novice Photoshop user. You can achieve an amazing effect by selecting the right fonts, line weight, design, and shape. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to discover how to professionally add stroke text in Photoshop.
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STEP 1. Start By Creating a New Document
Go to the “File” menu in the upper part of the screen and select “New.” Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl+N shortcut in Windows or Command+N in macOS. The New Document dialog box will open. Next, you need to set the image size and click OK. The dialog box will close, and you will see a new blank document.
STEP 2. Apply the Type Tool
Next, you need to add text. To do this, find the “Type Tool” on the toolbar or simply press “T” on your keyboard.
STEP 3. Select a Font
Select a font for your text. Find the parameters bar in the upper part of the screen and choose the option you need.
STEP 4. Add Text
To enter text, simply click on the document and type. Then click on the checkmark in the parameters bar to confirm your edits and exit the text editing mode.
STEP 5. Add a “Stroke”
After adding the text, go to the “Layer Styles” icon located at the bottom of the “Layers” panel and click on it. Find “Stroke” in the pop-down menu.
Next, you will see a big “Layer Styles” dialog box. The “Stroke” setting parameters will be in the center, and a standard red stroke will already appear around your text.
STEP 6. Set Stroke Size
Now, set the size of the Photoshop text stroke to 6px value. To do this, go to the “Size” slider box in the upper part of the dialog box. Next, you need to select the Inside option in the “Position” menu. After adjusting the settings, exit the Layer Style dialog box by clicking OK.
STEP 7. Go to the “Fill” Tool
After selecting the text layer, go to the upper part of the Layers panel. Set the text “Fill” parameter to the 0% value. It will allow you to hide text while leaving the stroke visible.
STEP 8. Duplicate the Text Layer
As a rule, you can add only one stroke to text in Photoshop, but I’ll tell you how you can bypass this limitation. You can duplicate the text layer and add a different stroke to each duplicate. To make a copy of the text layer, quickly select it in the “Layers” panel and press Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac). The duplicate will be located above the initial text layer.
STEP 9. Select Stroke Color
While any photo editor needs to know how to change the color of an object in Photoshop, it’s equally important to know how to change the stroke color. So, you should just open Layer Styles again. Then, close the color palette clicking OK. The color sample should change to the selected color. Make sure not to confuse changing the stroke color with how to change the color of text in Photoshop.
After changing the color of the Photoshop text stroke, choose the Outside option in the Position parameter. This will move your stroke outside the text. Exit the Layer Style dialog box by clicking OK. Now you can see that there are two strokes around your text. The first one is located inside the text, and the new one is outside.
STEP 10. Re-Duplicate the Original Text Layer
Now you already know how to set the color of the Photoshop text stroke and adjust its size. Try taking the same steps again but don’t forget to duplicate the initial text layer. Also, if you often work with text, you might need to learn how to outline text in Photoshop, which will help you make your text even more distinctive and attractive.
So today we’ve created three individual strokes around your text. You can keep adding stroke to text in Photoshop as many times necessary. The procedure remains the same: at the beginning, always duplicate the initial text layer, then find it in the layers panel, open the stroke parameters, set the color of your stroke and adjust its size so that it becomes visible behind the previously added strokes. After mastering this technique, you might also need to check out other Photoshop tutorials on YouTube.