A clipping path or deep etch is a closed vector path, or shape, used to cut out a 2D image in image editing software( Adobe Photoshop ). 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
A clipping path is a vector path which allows part of an image to show while hiding the rest (usually its background) effectively rendering part of the image transparent. A clipping path in an image editing program is functionally equivalent to a mask in an illustration program. Usually it is used to “knock out” the background.
Designers mostly use this technique of Clipping Path while designing and combining one more asset to the final products/composition and Clipping Path is the best technique to do so, apart of using “Magic Wand Tool” instead to get real perfection. Professional area of using Clipping Path is designing and compositing digital or printed outcome like brochure, flyers, catalogs, posters, magazine and etc.
How to create a clipping path:
- To create a Path, open the Path Window. If you cannot find it choose “Path” from the “Windows” menu in the top bar in Photoshop.
- At the top right of the Path Window choose the Options button and choose “new path”.
- Choose the Pen Tool from the Toolbar
- Start the Path several pixels inside by zooming in to the edge of the object and click.
- By placing another Anchor Point (dot) inside the edge of the object a line is created. The line can be curved by clicking, holding the mouse button, and pulling/turning the “Anchor point”. If you wish to create a straight corner in the anchor point, hold the [alt] button after you have placed the anchor point.
- After the Path is complete, to create a Clipping Path, choose the options on the right top of the Path window and select “Clipping Path”