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What methods are there to accomplish this effect?

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Do you need the image to be Raster or vector? – Kyle Mar 17 '11 at 10:27
@lawndartcatcher the tag says Photoshop :) – Kyle Mar 17 '11 at 13:12
Whoops. Sorry. Haven't had coffee yet. – lawndartcatcher Mar 17 '11 at 13:24
Hehe, no worries :) – Kyle Mar 17 '11 at 13:39
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I can think of two ways to do this, but they aren't perfect. I am certain there are other methods as well.

1) create a path, pick a rectangular brush (or make your own), set a brush tip spacing of more than 100%, and then apply a stroke to the path using the selected brush


2) create a small checkerboard pattern the size you want it, make a black shape on a layer, set the layer blending option "stroke" to "pattern" and specify your pattern. Set the "color" option to white. If you want to overlay this onto something, set the layer blend mode to "darken" and the white will be transparent, or make a layer mask that will knock out the shape.

I'll bounce back with some links to help accomplish this: I don't have time right now.

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I checked how to do that long a go and every research lead to doing it in illustrator and then importing it to photoshop.

which is just adding a normal stroke and it gives you the dashed option

I don't normally use illustrator so can't give specific instructions but is easy

  • i hope it can be done in photoshop
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This isn't really much an answer as it is a suggestion. I feel it should have been a comment. – Kyle Mar 17 '11 at 14:22
i swear i agree, i just remembered after writing it, sorry – aurel Mar 17 '11 at 14:42

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