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I have created a path as a vector mask in a layer. I'd Like to create a stroke path of this same path but whatever I do the 'Stroke Path...' option in the drop-down menu of Paths is greyed out.

Please, please can someone tell me how to a stroke of a path, as a path. Using stroke as a Layer Style is not what I am after.

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When adding a stroke to a path, you'll need to have a standard layer (or background) active. As Adobe say: "You cannot stroke a path when a mask, text, fill, adjustment, or Smart Object layer is active". I'm guessing that your vector mask is active when you're trying to add the stroke. You may need to use another layer in order to create the stroke.

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The Stroke Path option you’ve mentioned paints along a path to a bitmap layer, using a brush. I don’t think that’s what you’re after, given you description:

Please, please can someone tell me how to a stroke of a path, as a path. Using stroke as a Layer Style is not what I am after.

If you’d like to create a vector path of the stroke itself, starting from a path, I do not think that is possible in Photoshop. (There are some hacky techniques that use a bitmap → path conversion, but they’re not very accurate and not worth discussing here.)

For what you’re after, I would use Illustrator, if you have access to it. ObjectExpand does it.

Adobe Illustrator Expand

Adobe Illustrator Expand

When you’re done, the path can be pasted back into Photoshop.

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You can use the Stroke Path command in Photoshop to paint a stroke along a path. You can select which painting or editing tool to use to stroke the path. Follow these steps:

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Select the path in the Paths panel. Then, select Stroke Path from the Paths panel pop-up menu.

Or hold down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key and click the Stroke path icon that has the brush icon (an outlined circle) at the bottom of the panel. You can also click the Stroke Path icon without holding down the Alt (Option on the Mac) key. This option bypasses the dialog box in Step 2 and just strokes your path with whatever setting you used previously

step 2

In the dialog box that opens, select one of the many painting or editing tools that you want to use to apply color to the stroke. Click OK.

Make sure that you verify your chosen tool’s settings on the Options bar because Photoshop uses those settings to stroke your path. Photoshop also applies your current foreground color to the stroke. If you’re using a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet, you can select the Simulate Pressure check box to create strokes that have varying widths. If everything has gone well, you end up with a stroked path. If you select one or more paths by using the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow in the Tools panel), the Stroke Path command changes to Stroke Subpath(s), enabling you to stroke only the selected paths.

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I would recommend you to make the selection in the vector mask and make a entirely new vector mask layer. Once you have made a new layer apply layer style to get the work done

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