Clipping Path as Designers Perspective

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Clipping Path as Designers Perspective

Clipping Path is a well-recognized term among photo designers and editors around the world. No matter what type of photo editing service designers are providing, they have to use clipping path in their daily work regularly.

Whether its shoe photography or jewelry photography or ghost mannequin editing you need to know how to do clipping paths and what issue you might face as a designer.

Today I would like to talk about the problems that as designers we face when doing clipping paths for various types of photo editing. Clipping Path, also known as deep edging is known by all, but knowing what is clipping path is not going to help you when you try to clip an object form an Image

Each type of photography needs a different set of skills. So clipping path in shoe photography is different when doing clipping path in jewelry photography. Working as designers in an image editing firm, we face lots of issues and have experience in solving them for last several years.

As an editing service provider, our company gets different types of post-processing works from simple dust removal, background removal to complex jewelry photo editing.

We have a separate team who only deals with clipping paths. So we work on wide range of clipping path on photographs from shoes to different kinds of rings, ornaments. You can guess that we worked on the different level of complexity for clipping path and believe me there are lots of ins and outs for this kind of work.

We face some typical problems when we do a specific type of object clipping. Before sharing problems with you but first let assume that what Clipping path is.

So in short Clipping path means that you want to select an object in an image like a chair or a ring from a photograph. By using the pen tool or any other tool to select the edges around the object and select that object from the photo. This is basically called clipping path.

Now discuss the problems we face when doing clipping paths according to photo category-

Let start with the basic one like removing backgrounds or changing unwanted backgrounds for a photo. Most of the times at first, you need to select the image where you want to do background removal.

Open the picture for removing or changing the background utilizing the Pen Tool in Photoshop. We usually delete the background of the picture with the Pen Tool as it offers more specific selection than the Lasso Tool. This tool using most effectively for our clipping path jobs.

When you want to select a path or clipping portion of an image, there are lots of ways to do it in Photoshop. There are some manual tools like pen tool and also automated tool like wand tool. But what tool to use depends on the type of image you are trying to edit.

Selecting your tools in Photoshop is vital for your quality of work. If someone suggests that the Magic Wand Tool is the thing to use when creating a clipping path in Photoshop. Please don't give your head to it. It's a great mistake and you should not do that. It’s a shortcut process but like any other shortcut, the result is horrible.

The Magic Wand Tool selects large areas of similarly colored pixels and targeted section area. This works best when you have a large area with the same color as the sky in a photo. But when you are clipping a Chair, or a ring or a shoe from a photo then Pen tool is the best option as you can select all the sharp edges.

Then, we select the pen tool (P) and carefully click around the image areas concerning the edges of the product (assume you want to select this object from the photo) thus no background parts of the image show up.

We care about hard edge and soft edge in the product. We face another common problem during using the pen tool. When you select all the points of a product like shoe photography, the edges are not always smooth.

This happens because most of the times you try to draw the points a bit far from each other. But in case of the image you have to keep in mind that images work in pixels and you have to cover every pixel. If you leave out most of the pixels while cutting using the pen tool, then there will be white pixels in those areas when you are finished.

So you have to be very careful when you select the path using points and joining them. You need to always look for soft edges and mark them and avoid hard edges.

Moreover, when for complex objects if there are any curves like in shoe photography or jewelry photography or a chair object there are very complex curves present in the object.

You have to train yourself in this kind of clipping over and over as they always come with fault. Make sure there will be no image areas unclipped inside the product/ object that we want to select.

We don't miss anything in there. We are very conscious about this kind of errors. We are also sincere to make image clipping just around the product edges. Include Anchor Point Tool and the Delete Anchor Point Tool helps in improving your choice to exactness.

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Another problem comes up with the file type EPS files. This files will not print sometimes if there is complex clipping path involved. When the image is placed in the page-layout programmer, nothing outside the clipping path line can appear. If the clipping path has too many nodes in it (points in which anchor the path into a particular shape) the printer gets overloaded and no images are printed.

So to avoid all these issues you should follow the standard process we use. We follow the standard procedure for clipping path technique. You need to do so to stop making any error.


Clipping path is the popular aspect of image editing nowadays. Most business owners especially e-commerce vendors and merchants rely on images to showcase their photo to consumers and customers. These business entities need photos that only focus on the products in order to attract their target audience.

Deowan Shimul
Shimul has a diverse set of skills. He discusses high-level strategies, business proposals and development. Synchronizing a great teamwork, he eats, drinks, lives with Photoshop. Thus, he blogs regularly about Photoshop tips and tricks.

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