Stroke Selection

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2018-03-12 15:59:01

I feel like every time I try to work on a project in Pixelmator Pro I spend an unbelievable amount of time trying to get things working. It never took me this long in the old Pixelmator. I simply want to create the outline of an oval. I create an oval selection, choose Stroke, and nothing happens.(Nor does Fill do anything.) I try making a new Shape, and it only has Color Fill as an option, not Stroke. How do I do a simple thing like this?
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2018-03-12 19:41:45

Hi Mitchla.

It took me a while to get used to Pixelmator Pro but, now that I use it regularly I struggle with classic Pixelmator whenever I go back to it.

In case you're still having problems, the two controls you'll need most often are Style and Arrange, they're the to two on the right and have shortcut keys of S and V respectively.

To set the fill and outline of an object select it, either in the layers panel on the left or by clicking on it directly on the canvas. Then click on Style or press S and change the Stroke, Fill, Inner Shadow or Shadow. If any of these are missing, or if you want to stack styles, you can add more by clicking Add in the top right.

Hope this helps.

- Stef.

Oh... wait, are you drawing the ellipse using the Draw Shape tool? Or making a selection using the Elliptical Selection tool. The first will draw an ellipse. The second will draw nothing but will select the pixels enclosed by the ellipse.
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2018-03-12 20:14:55

Hi Stef. Thanks very much for your help. I had tried both techniques—Draw Shape and Elliptical Selection. I presumed Elliptical Selection could be stroked because that's the way one does it in Photoshop. I had given up on Draw Shape because there was only a Fill option, and not a Stroke option. But you clarified what the problem is—I need to click ADD to add in the option to Stroke. (I don't know why that wouldn't always be there by default... but whatever.) Thanks so much.
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2018-03-12 20:28:37

No worries. I'm glad to help. It does seem a little weird that you have to add the Stroke so keep an eye on that. There might still be something strange going on.

- Stef.
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2018-03-15 12:09:44

The basic reason things work this way is the Style tool is nondestructive and if you stroke a selection, you'd either be doing so on an empty layer or an existing layer with, most likely, a different shape and in each case, something would have to be painted in destructively. However, creating a shape with a stroke could potentially be just as quick with an added bonus of being nondestructive. The first thing you'd probably need to do is create a layer style preset of just a stroke:

1. Select the Style tool.
2. Turn on the Stroke layer style (and, optionally, customize it).
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the Presets bar and add this layer style as a preset.

Then, you could do this:

1. Choose Insert > Shape > Ellipse.
2. Draw a circle.
3. Select the Style tool and apply your newly created preset.
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2018-12-24 13:46:35

I still don't get it. Sorry, I really can't figure it out.
1. I've spent 5 minutes to make a nice selection, refined it, and now want to stroke it.
2. I created a new layer, I'm now on an empty layer.
3. I selected the "Style" tool, added "Stroke", checked the checkbox, yet nothing. I can't make a stroke around my selection.
What am I doing wrong? Thank you.
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2019-06-29 03:44:34

There is definitely a problem. I have made a selection and wish to place an outline or stroke around it. I go through all the necessary adjustments in Style, select the stroke width, color, opacity, yet nothing happens. There is no way to apply this stroke once I've done all that. Surely this should be a relatively simple task?
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2019-06-29 05:34:37

Different apps have different philosophies and work in different ways. Pixelmator Pro applies strokes non-destructively and only to persistent objects. A selection is not a persistent object.

If you have a selection and want to create a stroke in that shape, right click on the selection and pick 'Convert into Shape'. This will create a shape from your selection that can have a stroke, fill and a whole variety of other effects applied to it.

Hope this helps.

- Stef
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2020-06-27 17:54:43


I'm still struggling with this. When I create a selection that I want to have 'stroked', ie have the marching ants highlighted in a colour of my choice, if I choose Format - Convert into shape, the marching ants gets 'stroked', BUT, the selection is filled in as well with a pinky colour which I don't want. Can't fathom how to turn this part off?

Thanks for any elucidation of this matter.

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2020-06-27 18:04:33

Simply open the style tool and deselect the fill checkbox.