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Why can't I apply an inside outline to an empty pixel layer ?

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You can, but because it is empty it has no pixels; therefore, there is nothing for the effect to be applied to. Draw something on that layer & you will see the effect.


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Fill the layer with the color you want the stroke to be and use the marquee tool to draw the width of the stroke outside of the marquee and hit delete. You can even have a nice feathered stroke.

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Select the layer
 

Select > Select All
Select > Outline

 

Adjust outline radius to how big you want it (alignment: Inside)

 

Flood Fill (or paint) inside the selection, with the colour of your choice


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Select the layer

 

Select > Select All

Select > Outline

 

Adjust outline radius to how big you want it (alignment: Inside)

 

Flood Fill (or paint) inside the selection, with the colour of your choice

 

Thanks carl123, this way it works.
"Layer Effects" will not apply this on an empty layer.

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Another way to do it is...
 

Flood Fill the layer with any random colour
 

Do your Outline effect how you want it but set the Fill Opacity to 0%

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