The four paths from the top illustration, each stroked in a
Paths do not alter the appearance of the image pixel data unless
they are stroked, using
from the image menu or the Paths dialog right-click menu, or the
“Stroke Path” button in the Tool Options dialog for the
The Stroke Path dialog.
Choosing “Stroke Path” by any of these means brings up a
dialog that allows you to control the way the stroking is done. You
can choose from a wide variety of line styles, or you can stroke with
any of the Paint tools, including unusual ones such as the Clone tool,
Smudge tool, Eraser, etc.
You can further increase the range of stroking effects by stroking a
path multiple times, or by using lines or brushes of different widths.
The possibilities for getting interesting effects in this way are almost