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Chapter 11. Using the Paths Palette > Working with Clipping Paths

Working with Clipping Paths

Photoshop documents are an image contained within a bounding box. A bounding box consists of a square or rectangle with 4, 90-degree corners. Unfortunately, most images are not shaped like a bounding box. Clipping Paths let you place non-rectangular images onto a transparent background, and then save and use them in other applications, such as Quark Xpress, without having a big white box surrounding the image. The trick is to create a well-defined path, and then convert the path into what Photoshop calls a Clipping Path.

Work with Clipping Paths

Open a document.

Select the Pen or Freeform Pen tool on the toolbox.

Click the Paths options on the Options bar.

Create a path around the portion of the image you want to keep.

Select the Paths palette.

Double-click on the new Work Path, enter a Name for the path, and then click OK.

Click the Paths Options button, and then click Clipping Path.

Click the Paths list arrow, and then select the new path.

Enter a Flatness value (0 to 100) or leave it blank to use the printer's default settings (recommended).

Click OK.

Click the File menu, and then click Save As.

Click the Format list arrow, and then select the Photoshop EPS format.

Click Save.

The image, when placed in a layout program, appears with a transparent background.


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