Photoshop Elements: REQ for easier way to create unfilled vector shapes.

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The process of creating an unfilled vector shape is cumbersome, involving way too many steps, layers, effects, selections, etc.

What is needed is a much simpler method:
1. A checkbox in the tool's options bar to select "Unfilled".
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Ken

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Yes, that's the cumbersome method to which I was referring.

I see that I should have been more specific in my description: I'm referring to the Shapes available from the Toolbox (U).

The tool's options bar would also need a setting for stroke width.
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You mean there are no vector shapes in PSE?
If not, then what exactly does PSE mean when it says a layer must be "simplified"?
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Answering my own question:
PSE does not use vector shapes as such, rather it uses vector-like masks.
The "simplify" action does what I suspected -- it converts the vector mask layer to a raster layer.
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Yeah, I said "vector-like" because the shapes can't be edited like vectors (changing node types, adding nodes, etc.)

At any rate, having a simple "unfilled" checkbox option for the pre-defined shapes would expedite creating explanatory ellipses or rectangles on screenshots, for example.

There are some things that are easier to do with vector graphics, and adding in vector capabilities to PSE (as PaintShopPho has) would be a very nice thing. It would raise questions regarding loading times for PSE, complexity, etc., which is a whole other subject.