How to Do a Clipping Path in Photoshopadmin
- First, launch Photoshop and load the image you’d like to edit. Select the Pen Tool from the main toolbar and start selecting the path around the object that needs to be isolated. Once you’ve drawn a complete path around the object, go down to the Layers palette and select the Paths panel, which has its tab. Click on the triangle-shaped icon located at the top right corner of the panel, and then choose “Save Path.”
- Next, select “Clipping Path” from the same drop-down menu. A new dialog box will appear with a variety of clipping path settings. Make sure your path is selected, and then click OK.
- Now, let’s save the clipping path to our current Photoshop project. Go to the main File menu, select “Save As,” and then choose “Photoshop EPS” as the EPS Options setting.
- Power of the Pen: First, load the Photoshop project with the image you’d like to clip, or start a new project and paste in your desired manifestation. The cleanest and most professional method for making clipping paths is with the Pen tool. You may be tempted to use the Magic Wand tool as a selection shortcut, but this is a sloppy approach, and it will never look as good as drawing the path by hand.
- Trace the Image: With the Pen tool selected, zoom in on the area you’d like to trace and start placing anchor points. The Pen is simple, but pressing the Alt/Command key will allow you to switch between its secondary tools. For example “Add Anchor Point,” “Delete Anchor Point,” and “Convert Point.” Familiarize yourself using these keyboard shortcuts. Add anchor points to create seamless lines that bend and curve.
- Minimize Ghosting: We recommend creating anchor points between the subject and background objects. When done, your pen drawing will be in the center of Photoshop’s anti-aliasing, which smooths out the pixels’ harsh edges. Go to the Paths panel (it’s located in the same area as the Layers panel). After that select, the triangle icon on the top right. And choose “Save Path.” Then, in the same menu, select “Clipping Path.”
- Adjust the Clipping Path Settings: A new Clipping Paths dialog box will appear, allowing you to set a few image options. First, make sure that your new path is selected from the drop-down list. You can leave the Flatness setting blank. Then, click OK.
- Save Your Path: Go to “File” > “Save As” to save your path, and in the Format section, choose “Photoshop EPS” with all the default settings. When you click OK, your clipping path will be saved as a new file. Which can be used in future Photoshop projects and other applications, such as Illustrator and InDesign.
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