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I can create a rounded rectangle and use the fx (fill/stroke) but I only want a shape with three sides. Because it's not enclosed the fill/stroke etc won't work. I can create all four sides and add another layer to mask the side I don't want but wonder if there's a better way to do this in Photoshop

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Just add a mask to the layer and mask out the side you don't want. –  Scott Jan 8 '13 at 7:58
    
I did that but the stroke went around the layer mask. Is there a way to get it to not do that? –  paranoidroid Jan 8 '13 at 8:08
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Add a mask to the layer. Then right-click (Windows) or Control-Click (Mac) and choose Blending Options.

Then tick the Box for Layer Mask Hides Effects.

blending options

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