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Clipping Path from Selection in Photoshop

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by joe_gibb, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie


    I have a lot of images I need to make clipping paths for. I've been using the wand to select the background (they're sharp images on a white background) and then selecting inverse, making a work path, saving that path, then selecting that path as a clipping path. When I save the selection as a path it isn't as 'tight' as the selection even with the tolerance set to 0.5 pixels.

    Is there a better way to do it, or do I have to go back to actually drawing the paths with the pen tool?

  2. macrumors 6502


    Drawing the paths is the best way to do it. After a while you get a lot better at it.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Just out of curiosity, what do you need clipping paths for? (I know what they're used for, but what's YOUR use?)
  4. macrumors 6502a

    I've actually had better luck setting the device flatness to 8 rather than a lower number, at least for print work.
  5. macrumors 68020


    I recommend getting a Wacom tablet - you can hand draw paths in no time with that puppy. After sing a tablet I can barely path or draw with a mouse anymore - everything becomes second nature. I agree with Macstudent - draw the paths yourself or clean up the "convert to path" outlines. you'll never get a really great path with "convert to paths."
  6. Moderator emeritus

    If it was me and time was of the essence, and I had clean easily-made selections from white backgrounds, then I'd save them as alpha channels and save the files as LZW TIFs.

    File size, schmile size.
  7. macrumors newbie

    I'll try increasing the flatness and see how that works. Otherwise I guess I'll just have to use the Pen Tool for the moment.

    Thanks for the input guys.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Joe, is there a reason you can't use alpha channels? Are you putting it in a Quark document?
  9. macrumors G3

    Bingo ;) there's just something fundamentally wrong with designers using mouses. :p

    That was going to be my suggestion too. :)

    yep... buy KnockOut 2 Photoshop's stock masking abilities are frankly sh*t. ;)
  10. macrumors newbie

    Hi jayscheuerle,

    I guess I don't really need to use clipping paths, so I tried your suggestion using alpha channels and it works very well. I think be using them from now on and ditch the clipping paths unless I'm exporting to Quark or something.
  11. Moderator emeritus

    Ahem... I'll take the credit for that suggestion. :D
  12. macrumors 68020


    I don't know how familiar you are with using alpha channels, but you can often find one grey scale color channel (either the R, G, B or C, M, Y, K) that offers the greatest contrast between your object and the background can be duped and used as a starting point for a transparency alpha channel.

    OR invest in something like Knockout Pro.
  13. macrumors newbie

    I'm terribly sorry Blue Velvet, you did mention it first :)

  14. macrumors 6502

    What is the main point of using alpha channels and or clipping paths or masking? I was never really sure as to when one would apply these techniques.
  15. macrumors 68020


    usually to separate an element from its background.
  16. Moderator emeritus


    If you do end up wanting to do it the way you do now, for some reason, wouldn't the magnetic lasso (hehehe I think of wonder woman every time I think of that tool...lalala, I'm such a 'tard) be a much better choice than the wand? It will give you a very well defined path, rather than having fuzz on it.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Did you try with any professional clipping path services provider? I think you should take help from them.
  18. macrumors regular

    Hopefully got it sorted nine years later... :)
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