What is Clipping Path?
Clipping Path is a technique in Adobe Photoshop that lets you get rid of unwanted backgrounds from images without compromising the quality. There are several reasons for doing this, but the most fundamental one is when there is no correlation between the subject or object of an image with the background. For a better understanding of what we are saying, check out the image below:
Although both the background and subject carry the same color, however, the photograph seems too sharp making it unprofessional and unreal.
Now let’s try another background.
How does it look?
Well, that’s the work of Clipping Path. The technique lets you make necessary adjustments to the background of any image. However, there is a big question and that is ‘how do you execute this task’? Well, a guide is given below to help you out. But before we go into that, let’s check out this Adobe Photoshop technique- Image Masking- known to be quite similar to clipping path.
Guide to Create a Clipping Path in Photoshop
Install a suitable version of Adobe Photoshop on your PC and then apply the stepwise guide below to clip out the unwanted background from your images:
Step 1: Find and click on ‘File’ situated at the top left corner of the software interface and then scroll down to the option ‘Open’. Next, you will be directed to your PC local drive where your images are stored. Select your desired image, then click on ‘Open’.
Step 2: Now, go on to the toolbar palette on the left-hand side of the software to select ‘Pen Tool’. Alternatively, you could hit the hotkey ‘P’ on your keyboard. Your mouse will immediately switch to what you see in the image below:
Step 3: Use the ‘Pen Tool’ to draw a path around the subject or object in your photograph. Ensure that the path created is properly drawn.
Step 4: Next, you have to refine your selection to get rid of unwanted paths or perfect your path creation. To do this, see the bulleted steps below:
- Select the ‘Direct Selection’ tool found underneath the ‘Path Selection’ tool and then zoom in on the image so you can easily draw a clear path
- Should you make any mistake by missing out on an anchor point, select the ‘Pen Tool’ with ‘+’ on it. The ‘+’ lets you insert an anchor point wherever it’s missing.
Step 5: Now select the path from the path panel then click the Make Selection tool from the top menu.
Then a dialogue box will appear on the screen. Now set Feather radius 0.5 then hit the OK button.
Now path will be selected around the Object.
Step 6: On completing the step above, the next thing to do is to invert your selection. Do this by clicking the hotkeys ‘Ctrl’ + ‘Shift’ + ‘I’. Another way is to right-click on the selection, then tap on Invert Selection from the list of options that appears. Now, your selection will switch from the subject to the background.
Step 7: Now, we have to unlock the original layer. Click the “lock” icon then the layer will unlock automatically.
Step 8: Hit the ‘Backspace’ or ‘Delete‘ button on your keyboard to delete or erase that background from your image.
Step 9: This is final cutout product from background. You can save it transparent PNG or PSD to future use for desired background color.
Step 10: For Amazon, eBay, eCommerce or online platform, you can save it onto white background in JPG format like bellow.