By sylvie | May 14, 2007
I was trying to create my own image macro - for which, according to Anil Dash, the lettering has to be in a sans serif like Impact or Arial Black and has to be white surrounded by black. But I had no idea how to create an outline for letters in Photoshop.
A quick look through the ‘net got me to Photoshop911.com, which has a good explanation of how to do it.
- Type text in a new layer - make sure you have it in the size and font you want before you start the rest
- Select the letters (hold down command [Apple] or control [Windows] and click on the text layer)
- Create a new layer (click on New Layer at the bottom of the layer palette)
- Drag it below the text layer
- Menu: Select > Modify > Expand
- Type in the size of the outline you want (if you want it to be 2 pixels wide, type 2)
- Fill with black (you can do this through Menu: Edit > Stroke)
And voilà. This technique worked for me.
Apparently, there exists a “Outline/Stroke layers” style which can do the same job, but may not be as efficient.