How to create tapered path strokes in Photoshop?

Community Beginner ,
Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021

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For some reason I cannot seem to figure this out.
The lines need to be vector/smart object, so I can easily resize them.
I drew a few strokes, gave them a width, a color and a layer effect. Now I need the strokes to be tapered instead of what it looks like now. See below for the images.

I have tried this YouTube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwKXARzvNmI
But when I select my path, the 'Stroke options' section is greyed out.

What am I doing wrong? 🙂
Thank you so much for helping me out!

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021
Could you please post screenshots with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Paths, Options Bar, …) visible?  Photoshop Layers cannot be converted to a Vector Smart Object as such, that only applies to placed/pasted vector content (pdf, ai, …). The workaround might be to create a svg or pdf and place that but pixels saved in a vector format-file are pixels nonetheless. 

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Additional info: I have created these strokes with the Pen Tool.

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Could you please post screenshots with the pertinent Panels (Toolbar, Layers, Paths, Options Bar, …) visible? 

 

Photoshop Layers cannot be converted to a Vector Smart Object as such, that only applies to placed/pasted vector content (pdf, ai, …). 

The workaround might be to create a svg or pdf and place that but pixels saved in a vector format-file are pixels nonetheless. 

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Thank you for helping out! Here is a screenshot where I have selected all shape layers.

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If you want to »Stroke Path« you need a Path and a pixel Layer, not Shape Layers. 

 

If you use Illustrator the effect might be easier to create there. 

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Yeah exactly, I'm familiar with the option in Illustrator.

I was just hoping Photoshop has the same option.

So if I understand correctly - the best workaround would be to create it in Illustrator and then place the .svg in Photoshop?

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It need not be a svg, ai or pdf work just fine. 

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If the Layers are Shape Layers then naturally one cannot »Stroke Path« on their Vector Mask because the Layer is not a plain pixel layer. 

You could duplicate the vector masks or copy their pathItems into a »plain« path, then select a plain pixel layer and »Stroke Path« should become active. 

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You can not change Pixels in a Photoshop smart object with Photoshop tools in Photoshop. You can not use tools like a brush strone, or  Create a path and stroke a path with ant tool.  There are no paths in Photoshop for Smart Obkect layers.  Any vectors in a smart obect layer are in the layers Object, These are processed by  Illistrator or Photoshop when you open the smart object for editing.  In Photoshop only Vectors Smart object are resized via vector graphics.  Other smat objects that have vectors in the object are resized via intepolation.

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