When I bought CS3 one of my favorite features is the ability to stroke a path with a brush. You create a work path and press stroke with brush and viola - your brush stroke is created in the shape of your path! And I was discouraged that this was not available in PSE because it is such a great feature. Everything I read when researching writing actions for PSE said that paths were not available in PSE. But I remembered that several of the Atomic Cupcake actions I have purchased in the last year for PSE required you to load a specific brush before running the action. I looked into the guts of these actions in CS3 and the commands make a path and stroke with brush were in the actions created for PSE so they HAD to be available, because these actions work flawlessly in PSE6. So I set out to write and test a set of simple actions that will work in PSE. They work best with brushes that are "directional", like my stitches brushes, frayed fabric brushes, and zipper brushes. However, they will also work if you use any brush, you will want to adjust the spacing on the brush before you run the action. Here's an example of the action using a simple 100 pixel hard round brush with the spacing adjusted to 100%. The brush stroke is created on it's own layer so you can add layer styles to them! I added Wow Plastic White to this one:
This action has been tested in CS3, PSE5, PSE6, and PSE7. I have grouped the three actions into one for the PSE7 Guided Edit area to be played in the Action Player. The three actions are "Exact", "Contract", and "Expand". The Contract and Expand actions will prompt you to enter a pixel value.
I hope you can use this little action! It is a time saver for even seasoned PS users! If you have PSE4, please let me know if this works in your program.