I want to create a map, with lines that have borders like roads or railway lines, either solid or dotted borders like normal OS maps.

I have tried to draw lines with the pen tool (and this would be my preferred tool) - but cannot see how to add a border to them or to change the thickness and body colour.

Mostly I use Photoshop for pure image work.

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This type of work is better done in a vector program such as Illustrator or Inkscape.

In Photoshop, after choosing the Pen Tool, at the Top Options Panel > Shape must be checked

top options

Once the path is done, from this same panel you can choose the stroke options:


If the path is a shape, the modification options are at the Top Panel or at the Properties Panel

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Photoshop old versions, the most immediate option is to stroke the path from the Paths Panel:

  • Once you have the path/s and working in an empty layer, select a path with the Path Selection Tool

  • Choose the Brush Tool or Pencil Tool

  • Choose the tool options: thickness, hardness and spacing for the dotted lines

  • Choose a front color

  • Click on the Stroke Path Icon at the bottom of the Paths Panel

paths panel

  • Ooops Thanks Danielillo - but I don't have those options in CS3 for some reason?? I know Illustrator would be good, but there is also a lot of work to do in PS, so rather than swap programs all the time, I wanted to see if I could do it all in PS Jun 17, 2018 at 7:03
  • @ColinWoolf I think that better than changing programs, update the one you have, you are 22 versions below the current one :-/ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Photoshop_version_history
    – user120647
    Jun 17, 2018 at 7:10
  • :-)) For the times I need to tuse it it is hardly worth it. I will investigate Inkscape. Thanks for your help Jun 17, 2018 at 7:35
  • @ColinWoolf I update the answer with a solution for old PS versions.
    – user120647
    Jun 17, 2018 at 8:35
  • @ColinWoolf and how exactly will switching to inkscape help your switching problem. It make it more acute.
    – joojaa
    Jun 17, 2018 at 8:52

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