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Part 7: Graphics > Clipping Paths

31. Clipping Paths

Clipping paths are PostScript (Bézier) paths that clip out a portion of an image. Clipping paths have long been the primary way to create “transparency” effects in PageMaker and QuarkXPress, but there are two problems with clipping paths. First, they can take a long time to draw. Second, they always have very sharp edges (part of the image is either in the path or outside of it). Because InDesign can now read image transparency (even soft-edged transparency), you may not have to or want to take the time to draw a clipping path.

Nevertheless, you may still need to deal with a clipping path from time to time, so we’d better explain how InDesign handles them. In short, InDesign deals with clipping paths almost exactly the way XPress and PageMaker do. (Of course, InDesign also adds a few fun options, too.)


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