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Chapter 10. Pictures and text > What is a clipping path?

What is a clipping path?

A clipping path is a device that controls which parts of a picture will print. Areas of the picture within the clipping path will be visible and will print; areas outside the clipping path will be transparent and won't print. You may already know how to create a clipping path in another application, like Photoshop. In that type of clipping path, the clipping information is saved in the image itself. In XPress, a clipping path that's saved with an image in another application is referred to as an embedded path.

Clipping paths in QuarkXPress work a little bit differently. While they are also used to control which parts of an image will print, they don't permanently clip areas of the image that extend outside it. Clipping path information in QuarkXPress is saved with the document, not the image itself. This means that you can create a different clipping path for each instance in which you use an image, which offers great flexibility. If you want to reuse a picture and its clipping path, on the other hand, you can simply drag-and-drop the picture box from one document to another; a copy will appear in the destination document.


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