Using image clipping paths to create transparency

You may want to use only part of a Photoshop image when printing it or placing it in another application. For example, you may want to use a foreground object and exclude the background. An image clipping path lets you isolate the foreground object and make everything else transparent when the image is printed or placed in another application.

Image imported into Illustrator without image clipping path, and with image clipping path To save a path as an image clipping path:

1 Draw a work path that defines the area of the image you want to show. For more information, see "Creating a work path (Photoshop)" on page 201 and "Converting selection borders to paths" on page 219.

Note: Paths are vector-based; therefore, they have hard edges. You cannot preserve the softness of a feathered edge, such as in a shadow, when creating an image clipping path.

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  • adrian mcintosh
    How to create transparancy with clipping path in phtoshop?
    8 years ago

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