A Clipping Path can be defined as a vectored shape which is used in Photoshop to separate between the background and subject of a given image. There are many options to separating an object from its background. However, hand-made Clipping Paths, which we use here, are the best. This is due to the fact that Clipping Path is not sensitive to blunders and is accessible within the image. Also, it usually results into a nice solid edge.
If any designer tells you that the Magic Wand Tool is what to use when you want to create a clipping path in Photoshop, don’t ever take him seriously. The best thing to do is to simply walk away! Whereas it is a wonderful shortcut, but just like any other “quick fix”, the results are nothing to be proud of. In fact, it takes twice as much time to rectify the results as it does to do it using the proper method.
A Clipping Paths works fine in integration with image editing programs including Indesign, Illustrator and Quark. When it comes to delivering images containing Clipping Paths, we employ a particular method.
A guide on how to draw a clipping path:
The first step in creating a Clipping Path is to open the Path Window. If finding it is an issue, select “Path” from the “Windows” menu which is located in the top bar in Photoshop.
Next, at the top right of the Path Window, select the Options button and click on “new path”
From the Toolbar, select the Pen Tool.
Start the Path a number of pixels inside by zooming in to the margin of the object and then click
A line will be made by placing an additional dot or Anchor Point on the object’s inner edge. To curve the line, click, while holding the mouse button, and pull/turn the “Anchor Point”. You can create a straight corner in the anchor point by holding the [alt] button after placing the anchor point.
This will see the Path completed. A Clipping Path will finally be created after you select the option appearing at the Path window’s right top, and hit on “Clipping Path”.
We usually deliver images with a Layer Mask so as to preserve the original background. However, this is only in cases where the original format allows.
To convert a Clipping Path to a Layer Mask:
Firstly, go to the Path Window
Secondly, choose “Path to Selection “option button located at the bottom of the window
Then increase the selection by two pixels, by choosing “Select” from the upper bar and clicking on “Modify” and “Expand”, respectively.
Finally, pick the right layer and then choose the option “select to layer mask” locate below the layer window.
Our Clipping paths are always:
- Totally hand-made and set to Active
- Placed at a minimum of 2 pixels inside the object
- Created with the least amount of anchor points
- Following an object’s natural curves
- Delivered on a clear or white background
- Delivered in amalgamation with a layer mask – that is, if the original format allows it.