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I have a Layer which i have adjusted Hue/Saturation with a Hue Saturation Layer in CS 5.1 . I want a solid black border around it. Now when i go to apply stroke to it in blending options, the stroke gets Hue corrected too and its not coming as a solid black border. I know that one work around is to create separate black border layers and keep on top of the hue saturated layers. Is there a better way ? I have added images for clarity.

These squares are all separate layers.

screenshot

I need to have a solid black border around each of these boxes. But currently the layers are stacked like this.

shot 2

So if try to use stroke around it, i get something like this instead of a solid black border.

shot 3

Is there a way to get a solid black border around these tiles ?

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Aside from the actual question. It looks like you have used a blend mode to show the image in your colored boxes only. That's not very good practice. Something like Layer mask or clipping mask would be better for future editing. –  Joonas Sep 14 '12 at 7:36
    
There are a couple ways to handle this with a new layer. Are you completely opposed to a new layer? If so, I think the only option is to mask the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer so it doesn't effect the strokes. –  Scott Sep 14 '12 at 10:50
    
What is your Hue mask doing, it looks like an empty layer to me?? –  Ryan Sep 14 '12 at 12:59
    
@Ryan That's an Adjustment layer. Layer > New adjustment layer > ... Or the yin yang'ish icon at the bottom of layer panel. –  Joonas Sep 14 '12 at 16:35
    
@Joonas I havent worked with Clipping Masks that much. Just saw a tutorial. Seems to be easy . I will implement it. But i do want the picture to blend in with the colors. So i have to use blending even after i use a clipping mask right ? –  Pradep Sep 14 '12 at 16:54

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Based on comments....

Command/Ctrl-Shift-Click each layer thumbnail for the shapes (Layer 2, Layer, 3, layer 4 copy 2, etc.)

This will load each layers transparency as a selection. The Shift key will add to the current selection. So, with each Command/Ctrl-Shift-Click on a layer thumbnail, you should see the current selection grow by that layer's shape.

Do this for all the layers containing the shapes.

Now, New layer above the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.

Fill the selection with a color (any color)

Set the Fill to 0% on the Layers Panel.

Choose Layer > Layer Style > Stroke

Play with the stroke settings to get what you want.

That should do it if I understand what you're after.

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That was exactly what i was looking for. Thanks a lot ! –  Pradep Sep 14 '12 at 18:01

Group both the layer and adjustment layer into a layer group (or smart object if you prefer) and apply the stroke effect to that.

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Just add an outer glow around it, change the glow's blend-mode type to "normal" so that you can use solid colors, select black, and set the opacity to 100% so that it's a truly "solid" color, then drag the "spread" all the way up and drag the "size" very very low so that it isn't a glow at all but instead just a strong solid black border of any thickness you want.

To have the border go on the inside if you needed just use an inner-shadow.

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