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I have the following image...

Horse's head

...that I'm trying to get a vector outline for in a similar way to the Illustrator Offset command.

I'm looking to have a finished vector look similar to this...

Horse's head with vector offset shape

(Note: This is simply a stroke layer style that has been added to the original)

The two outlines must be vector shapes.

Is there anything in PhotoShop that will allow me to do this?

marked as duplicate by Paul, xenoid, Community Sep 12 '17 at 15:33

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  • @joojaa: Unfortunately we don't have Illustrator. – Paul Sep 11 '17 at 15:52
  • Okay - this is actually a duplicate, so I've voted to close my own question. – Paul Sep 12 '17 at 7:59

It takes a few steps, but this can be automated with actions.
• Make a copy of the layer.
• Create a stroke effect in the Layer Style panel to provide the offset.
• Rasterize the layer to flatten the effect.
• CTRL+click the layer to select the active pixels.
• From the Paths panel's flyout menu, select "Make work path..."
• Set the tolerance as needed (lower for more detail) and click OK.

That will provide an offset vector shape. You can then delete the copied layer.

  • Thanks 13ruce, but this only went so far to answering my question. I've actually found what I was looking for on the site and marked my own question as duplicate. – Paul Sep 12 '17 at 8:00
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    You're right. The other answer is better. Thanks for the consolation vote! :) – 13ruce Sep 12 '17 at 12:56
  • Though this process did get me so far along the path - your answer did help. – Paul Sep 12 '17 at 13:36

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