5.5. Stroking a Path

图 7.12. Stroking paths

Stroking paths

The four paths from the top illustration, each stroked in a different way.

Paths do not alter the appearance of the image pixel data unless they are stroked, using EditStroke Paths… from the main menu or the Paths dialog right-click menu, or the Stroke Path button in the Tool Options dialog for the Paths tool.

Choosing Stroke Path by any of these means brings up a dialog that allows you to control the way the stroking is done. You can choose from a wide variety of line styles, or you can stroke with any of the Paint tools, including unusual ones such as the Clone tool, Smudge tool, Eraser, etc.

图 7.13. The Stroke Path dialog

The Stroke Path dialog

You can further increase the range of stroking effects by stroking a path multiple times, or by using lines or brushes of different widths. The possibilities for getting interesting effects in this way are almost unlimited.