Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Photoshop Clipping Path Tutorial

1.    Select a particular area of an image to be the clipping path by drawing a path around the area. Use the pen or pencil tool from the Photoshop tool bar in order to do clipping path or Multiple clipping path. The path will remain visible.

2.    Select "Window" from the top menu bar and click "Paths." Now the "Paths" palette will open. Click the pull-out menu on the upper right and select "Make Work Path." Select the appropriate tolerance; higher tolerance numbers mean more detail, lower numbers less detail. Click "OK." The Path pull-out menu will be displayed. Click "Save Path," type a name for the path in the dialog box and click "OK."

3.    Now Choose "Clipping Path," and set the options. For "Path," select the path to be saved. Photoshop will use a default value if the "Flatness" value is left blank. A low flatness value means the greater the number of straight lines used to draw the curve and therefore the more precise the curve. Flatness values range from 0.2 to 100. Click "OK."

4.    Now Convert the Photoshop Clipping Path file to the correct color mode if necessary. Use CMYK color mode to get the best results in printing.

5.    For printing to a PostScript printer Choose the correct file format, save as file format EPS, DCS or PDF to make it easy for print. Save the file as a TIFF for non-PostScript printing. Select "Save As" under the "File" menu on the menu bar. The "Save As" dialog box will appear. Choose the appropriate format in the "Save As" field and type a name in the "File Name" field. Now save it to your harddisk.

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