Exploring the basics of clipping path services

The age of technology has provided human civilization with many wonders, and the many tools available for image editing are no exception.

Posted on January 10, 2019

These tools could be used for making modifications in images to portray the best of the subject in the final output. Clipping path services have been included in the trend as a notable favorite of commercial product photographers. 

Clipping path enables photographers and editors to utilize a specific portion of the product image in different designs. A detailed evaluation of the clipping path, steps to create it and other implications associated with it could provide insights into one of the notable wonders of image editing.

What is a clipping path?

Clipping path is a tool that is available in Adobe Photoshop. The clipping path is created by using the Pen Tool and making a line around the subject of the image. After this, the background of the subject is removed and is utilized for different designs for marketing or promotional materials. Clipping path also provides essential functionality of enhancing or rectifying colors in the images of products or other photos through multiple clipping paths. 

How to create a clipping path?

Now that the use of clipping path services is clear, it would be reasonable to take note of the process followed in the creation of a clipping path. In the case of Adobe Photoshop CS5, the following steps are used to create a clipping path.

  • Outline a path around the specific portion of the image by using the Pen tool.
  • Select the Save Path option from the panel menu in the Paths panel and name it.
  • Select the Clipping Path option from the Paths panel menu.
  • Select the path from the drop-down list in the Clipping Paths dialog box and then click ‘OK.’
  • After choosing ‘Save As’ from the File menu, select Photoshop EPS from the Format drop-down list. The EPS Options dialog box would appear and then select OK after accepting the defaults. 

Creating a clipping path is also easier and faster in other applications of Adobe such as Illustrator and InDesign. Here are the steps to do so:

  • Create a path by following the usual method as described above.
  • Select the Layers panel and then click the Add Layer Mask button followed by another click that results in the creation of a large vector mask.
  • The file has to be saved in a .psd format.
  • In the final stage select Place from the File menu for transferring the image along with its clipping path into other applications. 

Search for excellence

The availability of many professional graphic designers and commercial product photography and design services has lowered the price ranges for clipping path services. But the essence lies in finding a reliable and competent service. A bit of research could go a long way in making the right choice!

Here are some pointers to be kept in mind before outsourcing the work for clipping paths to professional agencies.

  • Files in PNG format could not be able to carry a path and clients could place requests for obtaining output images in the same format.
  • Clients should also be aware of specifying between one or two pixels adjustment for the image and positioning exactly on edge. 

Creation of a clipping path could seem to be an easy task by observing the information presented above. However, professional acumen is a necessary imperative to get results that could shine brightly in the market.