PHOTOSHOP: Can't draw a rectangle using Rectangle Mar. tool, or Rectangle Tool, can't set stroke (greyed out)

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Simple as that, I'd like to draw a rectangle border...and photo shop says, 'No!" Using the Rectangle Mar. tool, and Rectangle Tool, both refuse to allow me to set the stroke, can't even find anything in the coding to enable this option.

Any help would be much appreciated.

The version, edition, system specs...nah, those don't matter, any function that can be performed on MS paint needs nothing other than a "Here's how a block of cheese with no arms would do it...and you can too!"

Seriously....is it impossible to have photoshop say "Oh you want to use this tool...ok. Go ahead draw a rectangle. Now do you want to change the thickness of it's border? Here ya go."

8 hours and still counting...no stinkin' luck. Pretty pathetic for a 25 year old with a mechanical engineering degree yea?
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  • furious at the lack of intuitive user controls

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Chris Cox

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The marquee can't set a stroke, just apply a simple stroke to the selection.

The rectangle tool works just fine setting a stroke, if you are creating a shape layer and not a path or pixels (look at the options bar, on the left side).
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I've selected the rectangle tool, drawn a rectangle, right clicked and 'stroke' is grayed out. As well, trying to set stroke before creating a rectangle with the rectangle tool, stroke is grayed out. So...not sure where to go now? Thanks for the help though.
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Either set the stroke on the options bar before creating the rectangle, or change it on the options bar after creating the rectangle.

Again, make sure you are using the rectangle shape tool set to create a shape layer (not a path or pixels).
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How do I set the stroke on the options bar before creating the rectangle (stroke is greyed out). And how do I know if the rectangle shape tool is set to a shape layer (not path or pixels)?
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Change the options on the vector tool options bar to create a shape layer (near the left side). Stroke will not even be shown if you are creating a path or pixels.