Image editing is nowadays a very common phenomenon. For example, the photo would be clicked in a different place and the final output, which is generated, depicts a different place altogether. Image editing is also highly used when it comes to making of movies where the actual background in complex scenes are changed to depict as if the scene was shot somewhere else in a different era also, at times.
Clipping path is one such feature that is used to cut out a part of the image.
What is Clipping Path?
There are different image editing tools that are used depending on how the initial image looks or is shot and what is the final output required. A clipping path or the deep etch, as it is also known as, is nothing more than a closed vector shape, or path, which is used to cut out part of the 2D image in an image editing software. Once a clipping path has been created, whatever lies below the clipping path would be visible and everything that is on top of the clipping path is omitted or not included in the final output that is generated. Further, the end result of the clipping path can either be hard or aliased edge or soft or anti-aliased edge, depending on what is required and also the abilities or the potential of the image editor.
How does clipping path help?
Clipping path helps the image editor in removing parts of the image that is not required. Also, it helps to see the artwork that lies behind the cut work created by clipping path. Additionally, clipping paths can also be created to conceal
unnecessary parts of an image, by creating a frame for the graphic as well as a path for the image. Also, the way clipping path works are by helping to keep the path or the cut work separate and the graphics separate. So that you are free to make changes to the clipping path without upsetting the graphics frame. This is done by the use of the Direct Selection tool and such other drawing tools, which are part of the toolbox.
How can clipping path be created?
Finally, the clipping path is easy to create or generate by using the pen tool. The pen tool is used to draw the required shape of the clipping path. Then use the command called “Paste Into”, which allows you to paste the graphic into the required path. The other way is by using the option available called “Detect Edges”, this is under the Clipping Path command menu. This option helps create a clipping path for the graphic that has been previously saved without a clipping path. And the last way to create a clipping path is to use load already-saved graphics along with paths or even with the alpha or mask channels. InDesign can automatically use these as clipping paths.
In today’s world, where everything is edited, the clipping path is a very useful option for removing unwanted parts of the image. Also being a freeform tool, it allows the editor to create any shape or design needed for the cutwork.