Photoshop Elements: Ability to specify for "None" (Transparent) as a colour swatch

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If the colour palettes had a "None" (Transparent) swatch, it would speed up the process of creating transparent strokes and fills on existing shapes.
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Photoshop and Photoshop Elements remove pixels to transparency, they do not paint transparent pixels. The closest you can come to this sort of function is to paint pixels with Opacity at 0%, but this means that they will have no effect on the canvas.
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Yeah, the concept of a "none" color doesn't make a lot of sense. Colors are indepenedent of opacity/transparency.
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Sigh.

Concept, shmoncept. If you've ever used a vector drawing program, you know darn well what I mean.

Here's what I was looking for: a quick method of drawing a shape and having its interior transparent and its outline a solid colour. IOW, what is achieved by creating a selection and stroking that selection with a colour.
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In a vector drawing program "none" turns off drawing of an element.
That concept doesn't exist in a pixel based editor. Each pixel always has a color, and a transparency value. You can paint with a color, an opacity value, and a blend mode. But you can't paint "none".

And what you describe is adding a stroke to a shape, and setting the fill opacity to zero.
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Ken, don't know why people here gave you such a hard time. Anyway while I never found a great "built in" way to do it in Photoshop, this transparent stroke for Photoshop action is awesome at it.
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Yes, that is what I'm describing. Vector drawing programs do that, and hide the complexity of "color" and "transparency" and "adding a stroke to a shape" and "setting the fill opacity" by simply including a "None" colour swatch in the colour palette.

If a pixel-based editor can't hide the complexity that way, then so be it. I just find the way vector-based programs handle it intuitive and easy (for example, creating filled or unfilled rounded rectangles). Hence, my suggestion.
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This is why Photoshop and Illustrator are two separate applications. What you are asking for is part of the normal capabilities of Illustrator.
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For shape layers in photoshop elements it would help to have some preset layer styles for strokes set to 0% fill opacity instead of having to use the visibilty
layer style hide every time.

Some presets might be inside, outside and center strokes.
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Brett,

OK, if that can't be implemented in a raster-based program then that's the way it is.
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To Dan,

I'm afraid that Photoshop Elements isn't the place for such things. Due to the limitations of the application (fewer options than in Photoshop itself) this isn't possible.

Compare, the Stroke options in Photoshop vs the Stroke options in Photoshop Elements: