Clipping Path- What is it?
Regardless of your profession, you might be in need of photo editing at some point of your life. Perhaps you're thinking why on earth you would ever need photo editing unless you're in business, advertising, graphic designs, or photo-shoots. Yes, indeed these professions demand the recurrent use of photo editing. Yet, if you don't need it professionally, you'll definitely need it if you intend to crop or extract any particular part from your photo or image. And in order to do that, you must know some basics of cutting and cropping in Photoshop. One of the most popular image cropping or cutting ways is Clipping Path.
Let's get technical- How does it work?
Before going into step by step detail, you must get familiar with terms like 'pen tool', 'anchor points', 'handles', 'curves', 'cones', 'selection tool' etc. The 'pen tool' is the key tool for applying the clipping path. Indeed, it requires expert hands to give you the best result. Photoshop experts are efficient in using the pen tool, especially when it comes to navigate the 'handles' to curve the 'anchor points'. All the magic hides in the combination of 'handle' and 'anchor points' navigation. Let's have a quick look at the process-
What our experts basically do is simply assess the image our client intends to extract. It needs professional eyes to count the number of curves needed for each image. An anchor point basically works as the starting point or one end of a line, and the second anchor point is placed in another suitable direction. The handle is used to navigate the anchor points to make the curves bigger, smaller, less or more curved. In this way, the desired image is extracted from original image and/or the background is removed as per client's need. The extracted portion may be placed further against another background.