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MoltresRider

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I am having an issue with the fill/stroke options always grayed out whenever I use the paths tool. I cannot follow a single tutorial on any stroke path tutorial. There are about a dozen tutorials on how to do a dotted stroke, none of which work because they all tell me to use the fill/stroke options in the paths menu bar, however, every time I create a path, those options are always grayed out. What could be causing this and how do I fix it? I googled this problem but only a few results show and they say to make sure a layer is selected. a layer is selected. Others say it is for regular selections only, but that would make all tutorials invalid. One result said to make sure a text layer is not selected, but I do not have any text layers in my project, so something bigger is the problem
 

hawkeye

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Stroke and fill options are available on the top tool bar when you create a shape-path which yields a shape layer.
For stroke and fill options on a simple work path look at the bottom of the paths panel, or right click the selected path and choose the option from the drop-down menu. By the way, a work path is independent of any given layer. Path strokes, fills, etc. applied to a work path are placed on the active layer (except text and shape layers) but the work path itself remains independent.
 
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MoltresRider

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You are speaking a foreign language to me. can you reiterate with a simpler description of the problem and fix?
 

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