Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Photoshop Clipping Path | Graphics Design

What is Clipping path and why???

Clipping Path
Clipping Path


clipping path is a closed vector path, or shape, used to cut out a 2D image in image editing software. Anything inside the path will be included after the clipping path is applied; anything outside the path will be omitted from the output. Applying the clipping path results in a hard (aliased) or soft (anti-aliased) edge, depending on the image editor's capabilities
By convention, the inside of the path is defined by its direction. Reversing the direction of a path reverses what is considered inside or outside. An inclusive path is one where what is visually "inside" the path corresponds to what will be preserved; an exclusive path, of opposite direction, contains what is visually "outside" the path. By convention, a clockwise path that is non-self-intersecting is considered inclusive.
compound path results from the combination of multiple paths (inclusive and exclusive) and the Boolean operations that ultimately determine what the combined path contains. For instance, an inclusive path which contains a smaller exclusive path results in a shape with a "hole" (defined by the exclusive path).
One common use of a clipping path is to cull objects that do not need to be rendered because they are outside the user's viewport or obscured by display elements (such as aHUD).


Clipping paths crop part of the artwork so that only a portion of the artwork appears through the shape or shapes you create. You can create clipping paths to hide unwanted parts of an image, creating both a path for the image and a frame for the graphic. By keeping the clipping path and graphics frame separate, you can freely modify the clipping path without affecting the graphics frame by using the Direct Selection tool and other drawing tools in the toolbox.
You can create clipping paths in the following ways:

  • Place already-saved graphics with paths or alpha (mask) channels, which InDesign can use automatically. You can add paths and alpha channels to graphics using a program such as Adobe Photoshop.
  • Use the Detect Edges option in the Clipping Path command to generate a clipping path for a graphic that was saved without one.
  • Use the Pen tool to draw a path in the shape you want, and then use the Paste Into command to paste the graphic into the path.

When you use one of InDesign’s automatic methods to generate a clipping path, the clipping path is attached to the image, resulting in an image that is clipped by the path and cropped by the frame.
The graphics frame displays the color of the layer it appears on, and the clipping path is drawn in the inverse color of the layer. For example, if the layer color is blue, the graphics frame will appear as blue, and the clipping path will appear as orange.

Clipping Path India

In general, clipping path is an outline created using the pen tool in an image editing software like Adobe PhotoshopIllustrator orInDesign. It is also called a closed vector path, or shape. The main use of a clipping path is to cut out an image from their background, but it can also be used in several different ways such as giving a special shape to an object, editing a particular portion within an image or preparing a layout design. After the clipping path is applied to an image everything inside the path is included in the final cut and everything outside the path is discarded. Clipping paths are the best option for the kind of image that has a sharp, defined edge.


  1. Thank for add the clipping path article at Wikipedia.

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