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Brian replied on Tue, Feb 19 2008 13:38
  1. Create the text object
  2. Create mask from object (CTRL+M)
  3. Create path from mask (Mask > Create > Path from Mask)
  4. Select path smoothness - OK
  5. Clear mask
  6. Select Paint tool (or Effect, Clone, etc)
  7. Choose brush size, colour, etc
  8. Object > Edit Path > Brushstroke from Path

HTH

Roy 

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Hi Roy,

just out of curiosity, what made you convert the mask to a path at step 3? Why not simply choose Mask>Create>Brushstroke from Mask and then all is done? As per your method - it does not give a perfect clean effect.

  1. Create the text object
  2. Create mask from object (CTRL+M)
  3. Choose a brush and set brush size, colour, etc
  4. Mask > Create > Brushstroke from Mask (use the Outside option in the diaog box that appears, for this particular example)

Brian Melbourne

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cooloox wrote:
> Hi Roy,
>
> just out of curiosity, what made you convert the mask to a path at step
> 3? Why not simply choose Mask>Create>Brushstroke from Mask and then all
> is done? As per your method - it does not give a perfect clean effect.
>
> 1. Create the text object
> 2. Create mask from object (CTRL+M)
> 3. Choose a brush and set brush size, colour, etc
> 4. Mask > Create > Brushstroke from Mask (use the Outside option in
> the diaog box that appears, for this particular example)

Because I'd never noticed that option [blush].

Roy

Roy

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Hi Roy,

that is one of the things I love about PhotoPaint and Draw - it does not matter how long you have used these programmes, there is always something new to learn or discover. I have used PhotoPaint for years and then I discovered the newsgroups and learnt so many new things.

Best regards,
Brian.

Brian Melbourne

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I'm going to jump in and add my opinion FWIW. I think the OP suggestion is valid, however, I think maybe I would look at it a little differently. I do think that Photo-Paint could use a feature like Edit>Stroke in Photoshop. But I would not limit it to just text -- it needs to be more than that!  I have often wanted to add a border around an object that is masked.  Applying a brushstroke to a mask just doesn't cut it, IMO. It is never smooth, despite changing the brush settings. 

Brian wrote a macro awhile back that he shared in the PP newsgroup that lets you add a pixel border (size and color your choice) around the outside of the whole image -- I would like something like that for masked/selected objects. I would also like the option to choose, outside/center/inside.

 Patti

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I would do it differently again:

  1. Create the text object
  2. Create a mask from the object
  3. Mask|Mask outline|Border
  4. Optional, but use the tone curve to sharpen the edges
  5. Depending on the result I wanted;
    1.  select the object behind the text and flood fill
    2.  or create a new one with the fill I wanted and cut an object from it
    3. or select the text, make sure transparency wasn't locked and flood fill

This has the advantage that I can easily feather the edges, offset the border, use an effect as the border,...etc. Much more flexible than a static tool that only does one thing.

Alternativly I'm sure that someone could write a macro that does it for you.

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