How To Do Clipping Path In Photoshop



Clipping Path is a vector line description surrounded into your image file that tells software where to ‘clip’ the image. It is normally used to knock the background out of an image, but really it can be anything that you want, like-drop shadow, donut shapes, words etc. The path travels inside the image file and can be activated and turned into a standard selection for soft-edge feathering, filtering and all that other great Photoshop material. This is an added bonus for people buying your images because you save them the extra work of making clipping paths on their own.


Step 1:

Open the Photoshop software then open your image and select the Pen Tool and the Paths option located in the left corner of the top menu bar (as opposed to the Shape Layers option, so that you don’t get a color-filled and stroked shape).




















pen tool path tool


















Step 2:

It’s important to zoom into your image at least 100% so you can really see the edge of what you’re tracing. Zoom more if you want, it may be highest 600%, but 300% is usually good for work.




Step 3:

Trace all around your figure until you re-connect with the starting point. You have to doing it whole.




Step 4:

Work better when you put points on either side of the corner instead of just one in the middle, but this is up to you. Try different placement to get the most accurate line with the least amount of points. Simple is better.




Step 5:

Your path is done and looking tight. First thing is to go to the Paths palette and select Save Path. From the little options arrow pop-up. Give your path a name (because you have lots of different paths for different objects etc), save it JPEG format with a new name and click OK.




Step 6:

Formerly you are happy with the path, choose Clipping Path and from that Path palette pop-up menu and select the name of your path (this is the Working Path that you just saved). I usually leave the Flatness- device pixels box blank, but you’re welcome to research the effects of different values.




Click -OK and Save the file as JPEG.


save option


Now, you get a new image that is without background. And if you want it is you can set it with another image. Then you will get a new image from the old and looks fully different.


final image


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