Previewing How Closely Your Clipping Paths

If you are making lots of clipping paths, or even the occasional one, and need to see how tightly they will clip the edges when turned into a selection, use the following hack to see any gaps:

1. With the path active, hold down Ctrl (Windows), ^ (Mac OS) and press Enter (Windows), Return (Mac OS). This action loads the path as a selection.

2. Choose Select ^Inverse or press Ctrl+Shift+I (Windows), §€ + Shift+I (Mac OS) to inverse the selection.

3. Press Qto enter Quick Mask mode.

4. If you see any gaps between the path and the image you are trying to clip, click the work path to activate it and then modify it with the pen and Direct Selection tools.

5. Press Qagain to exit quick Mask Mode and then choose Select^ Deselect or Ctrl+D (Windows), ^+D (Mac OS) to deselect the selection.

Repeat the steps as many times as necessary until the path hugs the image as closely as possible (Figure 10-6).

Figure 10-6: A clipping path viewed in Quick Mask mode with the color overlay set to black and 100% opacity for the selected areas.
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