Photoshop: Stroke effect and layer mask are not compatible

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When using stroke in layer effect, a gradient layer mask can not be compatible with stroke. This problem can be solved by applying the mask to a group fold. But I have to apply layer mask directly on the layer itself where I used stroke effect! This bug makes a lot of trouble, please solve this!!!!!!!!!!
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Jens Renner

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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I cannot follow the exact issue you're trying to communicate. Can you post a layered PSD file that exhibits your issue we can examine?
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Jens Renner

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Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for your quick reply. I can't attach psd, so I made a sreenshot. You can see the middle one triangle has color overlay, stroke(center), and gradient layer mask, it has this weird cut out at the bottom and some noises. The right one is when I rasterised the layer effect, everything is fine. So my conclusion is, the stroke layer effect can not be compatible with layer mask. If this is the case, please fix that, it would be a big help!

Thanks.

JR

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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The stroke effect is applied to the union/results of the layer and the mask. Because the edge is feathered, where the stroke gets placed is ambiguous.(This is the way that the stroke layer effect has worked since it was introduced)

I would recommend changing the order/way your applying the effect or constructing your elements.

• Use a vector shape with a vector stroke, then apply your gradient mask
• Apply the stroke inside your smart object, then apply your gradient mask