Clipping Paths in Photoshop
In this Article, I'm going to show you how to make a clipping path in Photoshop. clipping path is a clothes vector path or shape used to cut out an image. So anything inside the path will be included after the clipping path is applied. And anything outside of this path that we create will be left out or clipped. So let's take a look at how that works. I'm in Photoshop right now. And I'm going to grab my pen tool by hitting on my keyboard. I am so going to make sure that my paths panel is available. So that I can preview my path as I'm drawing it. And I'm going to create a way around this line in the foreground. And then I'm going to clip that path. I'm not able to see the remove of the background or the other lines once I import it into Illustrator or InDesign, so let's start by drawing the path. And I like that when I'm pulling this path, I can look in my path panel. And even see in real-time this path being created. So I'm going to continue drawing my approach with the pen tool here. And I'm moving kind of quickly. The nice thing about the pen tool is that I can always grab the direct select tool after I've connected the dots from where I started to where I'm ending. And I can hold the natural, unique instrument. And I can adjust these points. And make them fit a little tighter around the path. So I'll do that right now grab the direct select tool from the tool panel. And I'll zoom in a little bit. And you can see I'm just going to kind of go in here. And adjust. For some of these points, I'm just moving around my document here. And adjusting. Some of these Bay's ei curves. So now we have this path that we've created, it's still not a clipping path meaning that. If I were to bring this into InDesign, I'd still see all of this background. If we were to look in my our paths panel, we could see we have our working path. And we can see it here, which is nice, but the next step after creating the work path is to save the course. So I'm going to go to the menu flyout in the paths panel. I'm going to click on the save path. And I say this is the next step because the third step will be to clip the path, but as you can see clipping path is grayed out here, we can't do that yet. So first, we have to make the path, then we have to save the path. And then we'll clip the course now when we select save, give it a nice fancy name I'm going to call mine lime. And I'm going to confirm that. So now we have dedicated this path. And now I'm going to go back to the paths panel, the menu flyout. And now look, clipping paths are available. So it says clipping paths dot or ellipses, which means there's more to come. And there is. So I'm going to click on the clipping path. And I'm going to highlight the path that we've created because we've only created one. And I'm going to leave flatness at zero. I'm going to the printer h. And the PostScript on that meaning that. So if we were to have problems printing, then we could go in here. And maybe enter a value from point two to 100 to see. If that. It solves the problem, but in most cases, you're not going to have a problem with that these days. So I'm just going to leave it blank. And I'm going to confirm this by saying, okay. And check this out. If you look in the paths panel now, look how d. Different the text looks. So it has this outline around the text that lets us know that this is now a clipping path, okay. So we created a work path with the pen tool we went to the paths panel. And we save the path. And after we held the path, we applied clipping to that path now. So if we look at the document area, we don't see that anything is d. Different visually okay we only see that in the past panel. So everything looks the same, but when we import this into InDesign, which we'll do. now by going to the File menu, save as. And I'm going to keep it into this folder here as at. Iff, although clipping paths these days can be applied to JPEGs. And PS DS, but we'll do t. If, for now, I'm going to click Save. I will bypass the default option since these don't affect how the clipping path will be viewed in InDesign. I'm going to confirm that while that's saying, I will slide over to InDesign. And while in InDesign, I'm going to place it. So I'm going to go to the File menu. And I'm going to select the place or comm. And D. And I are going to choose my file. And open it. And you can even see here when I'm trying to place this file, you can see that the background of the other two lines is still in the preview during my cur. Sor is loaded even though we've applied a clipping path to it, but as I place this the file, you can see that that clipping path knocks out the background. So we applied that path to this line. And we clipped it, which essentially created transparency. If I were to move this over text order over this color background, you could see that the background is hidden. And I say hidden. And not a race because. Suppose I were to grab my direct select tool. And hover over this path, you can see that the background is still there. It's just being clipped by that clipping path that we created. And that, my friends, is how you make a clipping path in Photoshop, which will create transparency once you import that file into illustrator or InDesign.