A question that many editors, especially new ones, often wonder how to create a clipping path in Photoshop quickly and efficiently. Undoubtedly, the importance of the feature of clipping paths is massive and plays a vital role in the post-production process of product photography.
While editing software such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign have the features and tools available for Clipping Path techniques. Adobe Photoshop remains the go-to application for experts and professionals.
Clipping Paths are essential outlines traced around an object as a vector to manipulate the whole or particular part of the image. So you can imagine how helpful that tool is for photo editing to make the picture look.
At the same time, making a clipping path is indeed a time-consuming and grueling task; you must remember that sometimes you might find yourself in a position where you don’t have that much time to spare. However, a person can make a complete clipping path edit in Photoshop in a concise amount of time.
The steps on how to create a clipping path in 2 minutes are listed below.
Step 1: Import your Picture
The first thing to do would be to launch Adobe Photoshop. After doing that, go to the File option on the Menu Bar and click ‘Open.’
A dialog box will appear to let you browse through your files and choose the image you want to import to Photoshop.
Step 2: Select Pen Tool
You will see a long list of icons on the left of the screen in Photoshop. That is the Main Toolbar, and the icons are tools that you can use for various edits. From there, look for the one named ‘Pen Tool‘ and select that.
You will be able to trace the outline of your object using the Pen Tool after having completed the next step.
Step 3: A New Path Layer
On the right side of your Photoshop screen, you will be able to see a big box with several options within it. Under the ‘Layers‘ option, select a new path.
You should be able to view this box automatically; however, if, for some reason, it is unable to do so, select the ‘Windows‘ option from the Menu Bar and select ‘Path.’
Step 4: Start your Clipping Path
Now, this is where the moment of truth comes in. Think about the object you want to trace the clipping path around and start the outline from a point. Make sure to do it very carefully and pay attention to details. You might even need to zoom into your picture to get the turns correct.
Step 5: Enclose your Path
This step corresponds to the previous one as the path continues to be created around the targeted object until it reaches the starting point.
It was aforementioned that a clipping path is a vector shape. Hence, the outline of the subject must be fully enclosed and connected.
Step 6: Use Feather selection by ‘Shift+F6’ for smoothness
For smoother edges, apply 0.5pixel. Then, select ‘feather‘ by using the shortcut Shift + F6.
Step 7: Choose a solid color layer as per your requirement.
Step 8: Saving the File
To conclude the list of the steps, you will need to save the clipping path file by going to the ‘File‘ option on the Menu Bar and clicking ‘Save As.’ The dialog will let you choose the location you want to save this file with your desired format.
To draw attention to your products’ clipping path plays an essential role. Many companies and primarily online and e-commerce businesses, depend on clipping path services to make their product images more appealing to the eyes.
By this short tutorial, you will undoubtedly be able to create a clipping path on your product images in only two minutes.