I've created a simple vector pennant type banner using Photoshop. I'd like to put a stroke on the banner with dashed lines approximately 3 pixels in from the edges of the shape. I know I can add a stroke to the shape and that looks fine, but I want to position the stroke so that there is a space of about 3 pixels between the edge of the pennant and the stroke. Is there a way to do that using Photoshop?


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If this must be done in Photoshop, you will need 2 separate shapes. One for the outer shape and one for the offset inner stroke.


With Illustrator you can use the Offset Path effect to move a stroke to the inside of a shape. You could then copy/paste the shape to Photoshop as a smart object.


  • How do you even "open" the part showing the stroke options? I don't see a way to set the stroke options.
    – Pacerier
    Sep 12, 2014 at 15:14
  • @Pacerier - To see the stroke options you need to; 1) Make sure your object is vector, and 2) Select the layer your object is on (the one you want to apply a stroke to), then click on the Direct Selection Tool in your Tools palette. This will display the stroke options for your selected object/layer. Hope that helps!
    – user44419
    May 27, 2015 at 15:44

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