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Chapter 7. Importing and Exporting > Working with Clipping Paths

Working with Clipping Paths

Earlier in this chapter, we talked about InDesign’s ability to use a clipping path stored in a graphic as you place the graphic—but what about creating a clipping path for a graphic that doesn’t have one? First, there’s nothing magical about clipping paths. In fact, you could say that every graphic you place in InDesign is inside a clipping path—its graphic frame.

A clipping path is a PostScript path, much like other Bézier lines in InDesign, Illustrator, or QuarkXPress. However, a clipping path acts like a pair of scissors, cutting out an image in any shape you want. Clipping an image is actually the same as cropping it, but because InDesign makes a distinction, we will, too: The shape of a graphic frame crops the picture, but the clipping path (if there is one) clips it.


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