Photoshop: please add "expand stroke"!

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This would really help when creating icons so we don't have to switch back and forth to Illustrator.
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Alyson Jones

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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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Please post an example. 
Both the Shape Layer Stroke and the Layer Style Stroke can be edited after application so how exactly do you create the Strokes originally? 
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Alyson Jones

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In Illustrator, you can create a stoke (on left) and then you can choose "expand appearance" from the menu and it creates a solid shape in place of the stroke (on right). As a UI/UX designer, I create a ton of icons - some need to be strokes but some need to be full shapes. It would be awesome if this function was offered in Photoshop so that I don't have to use the Illustrator "expand appearance" function. 
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Some time ago, a photographer who does multimedia began to talk up the notion of document centered applications—that is, the idea that instead of having PS and AI and ID and AE, etc., we'd have our file, and switch workspaces, not apps, not file formats, when we needed different features. I'm still looking forward to that day. The alternative is what we've got now— a lot of vector in pixel based apps, pixels in vector apps, and everything starts to feel difficult and clumsy. The ported features are always lacking or inadequate in some way, yet the jump back and forth between hasn't been made very seamless, despite best efforts with Smart Objects and CC Libraries. 

I switch apps a lot, and I feel the pain. I listen to people who feel their core app is being hijacked by features from all the other apps, with their own core features neglected and unwanted features cluttering their interface, and I understand that happens.  Maybe someday they'll figure a way to let us invoke a sort of workspace when we choose to work with vector or pixels, video or web design, and it will be just like switching workspaces for different tasks is today, except much, much more powerful.
 
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Hear, hear! Completely agree to all the above. And yes, also looking forward to what they might be able to conjure up next to help us all out.
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That would be awesome! :-)