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Chapter 10.  Using Paths  > Using Clipping Paths

Using Clipping Paths

A clipping path works much likes a mask, but should be used instead of a mask if you plan to save a copy of a file and insert that copy into another file or use the copy in a document. The area outside the clipping path will be transparent in the file copy when you insert it into a file or document. Using a clipping path ensures that other content in the location where you use the file copy—especially when you insert it into another Photoshop file or another type of document—will be able to show through areas made transparent by the clipping path.

Adding a Clipping Path

The fastest way to create a clipping path is to duplicate an existing path in the image and then save it as a clipping path, as the following steps will illustrate.


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