How to do Clipping Path: Step by Step Guide

Published on by Amy Wilson

A step by step guide where you can learn the easiest way to execute the whole clipping path process using Photoshop and save them in your desired format.

Outsourcing to photo editing agencies is a good option if you are a product photographer. Taking photos and post-processing those by oneself takes a considerable amount of time and of course, effort.

However, if it is a small project, you might want to do the post-processing by yourself to save some bucks. Moreover, you have the option to generate output according to your choice.

Therefore, it always comes in handy if you have basic knowledge on how to do clipping path as well as masking to change the background and to apply some other modifications.

How to do Clipping Path: Step by Step Guide

Well, if you have Photoshop installed on your computer, you might’ve familiar with the tools already. If not, you may take the help of the internet to get to know them.

But, let’s learn what clipping path is in terms of photo editing.

Clipping path: 

Simply put, the clipping path is a technique of image cutting from its primary background using a Photoshop tool. Generally, you can isolate the targeted items exquisitely if they are sharp and well-indicated in a photo.

Technically, masking in Photoshop also does the same as the clipping path which is subject extraction. But the difference is, clipping path is applicable to solid-like objects where masking is highly effective in transparent, translucent, fuzzy, and irregular objects where border tracing becomes difficult for the clipping path technique.

So, from the briefest description placed above, it is clear that they are somehow the same in their functionality but different in objects.

By the way, let’s see how to do clipping path properly in Photoshop.

How to do Clipping Path: Step by Step Guide

Clipping path in Photoshop:

Step 1: Run Photoshop and open your targeted photo with it. You can simply drag the image to Photoshop to open it automatically. Or, you can choose the manual opening method. Well, it’s too basic but you know things start this way.

Step 2: Now select the Pen Tool from the sidebar which is just in left of you by default. It will look more like a pen and it will be your ultimate companion to the end of the process. Enlarge your image to 300% or suitable for a better perception of the edges across what you will be creating your path. Keep drawing the line across the targeted border until you reach the end or from where you started.

Step 3: In your right, there’ll be a dialog box showing the list of paths you have worked so far. Since you are only creating one path here, it’ll show one path in the box. If there’s no box, click on windows option in the menu bar and mark Paths option and it’ll be there.

Step 4: Now select the dialog box that shows paths and save the existing path by double-clicking on it. When clicked, it will appear in another dialog box where you’ll be allowed to save the work and with this, you have successfully completed the process of clipping path.

Execution of a perfect clipping path actually depends on practice. So, you better start practicing and if you fail in your initial stage, don’t panic. It’s okay.

Here, the process is described assuming you are quite familiar with Adobe Photoshop. More or less, all versions of this photo editing tool offer the same tools and so, you won’t have problems identifying the tools and working on it.

If you think something is missing, please let me know below.

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