You can use the magic wand tool to select the border you want to expand, then you can expand the selection by whatever amount pixels you want. Then just fill ion the new selection with the same color, and viola, thicker border
1. my computer is second hand from a friend. it came with the programs, one being photoshop. the help feature doesn't work - i don't know where he got it.
2. i don't have the money to get illustrator. i have no idea how one gets it otherwise as i am not a computery person. the map was originally from a photo and i drew the outlines on top of it, then erased the original map. voila - map outline. all i need is the map outline to put into powerpoint. it is not a complicated one.
thank you for your suggestions. i will try them now.
Select the already done map either using the magic wand, or if it's on it's own layer, "select all" of that layer then nudge (arrows left then right) to select just what's on the layer, then click edit > stroke (outline) and choose the amount of pixels you want it to outline. (it will also give yo the option of stroking on the inside, middle or outside, outside is what you want)
hey twitch, comand + click on a layer (probably controll + click on layer for pc) will select all active pixels without doing what you're talking about, nudging it back and forth to get the pixels selected.
just a little thing that's good to know.
also, newer versions of photoshop alow you to work with vector shapes, lines and paths, what version are you running?