What is a Clipping Path?
A clipping path is a closed shape or vector created in Photoshop. Typically used to remove objects from an image a clipping path will automatically isolate objects from their backgrounds. Photo editors will adjust the setting of the clipping path to create either a hard edge selection or a softer edged selection. Editors decided to create an aliased or anti-aliased clipping path.
Clipping paths are often used in conjunction with the decision to remove the background from an image. A company might wish to insert a set of models into a different background to promote their product, or they may wish to isolate to cut out an object from an image. Clipping paths have a multitude of uses in photo editing. The use of paths depends on the desired results for the image in question.
Clipping paths are typically a complicated and time-consuming endeavor. There are only a few programs that support this type of image editing. Editors will use programs like Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Gimp, and Instant Make Pro. Most companies will seek out the help of a professional when they need good quality clipping paths. Clipping paths can look terrible when completed quickly and without attention to the smaller details.
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