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The Clipping Path Indesign Technique Explained

A clipping path is another way to crop your picture so that only the section of the picture you want to see is visible. It can be used to hide parts of a picture that you don’t like or allow you to create a new background. The clipping path Indesign technique can be accomplished in three ways.

The first involves importing pre-made graphics with clipping paths that were made in Photoshop. This can prove useful since photoshop has several manipulation tools that are not available in Indesign.

The second is a short cut tool. If you are trying to hide the original background of the picture, you can click on “Object” in your navigation bar, find “Clipping Path” and then “Options.” A window will appear and you will want to select “Detect Edges” from the “Type” box. The program will identify the new background and hide the old. This is easier to do if the original background is a solid colour. Your entire background might not be completely invisible so you will want to use the “Tolerance” and “Threshold” sliders to finish removing the rest.

You can also accomplish the clipping path Indesign method by hand, using the pen tool. Click on the pen icon in your tools palette and make sure that the fill and stroke functions are not set. Click once where you want to begin and then trace around your object. To create a curve just drag your mouse while clicked to the arc you need. Once you have come full circle, click on the original dot to close the path. Right click on your image, go to “Arrange” and then click on “Bring to Front.” Select both your path and image together and go to “Pathfinder,” which is found in “Object & Layout” under “Window.” Click on the “Intersect” button and your work is done.

Avoiding Over-editing with Photo Editing Services

The key to learning how to use photo editing services is to learn self-restraint. There are dozens of tools at your disposal when you begin to use this technology, but the more elements you add to an image, the lower the overall quality of the presentation will be. You want to preserve as much of the original image as you can, and only add elements that improve the look of these features, rather than masking them.

Creating Smooth Edges

If you are using photo editing services to create a clipping path, you want to find the balance between creating an edge that is clearly defined and making your edge look choppy. You want to put anchor points in any areas where the direction of your line changes, but not so many that every pixel out of place is noted in your final presentation. Draw gentle arches and cut the difference between the pixels that fall on the edge of the object and those which define the background.

Sharpening the Colors

Once you have drawn your edge you want to smooth out the rough patches. A blending tool can help you eliminate the shadowing around your object that is caused by the carryover pixels. You can also add a defined edge to your object by using the sharpening tool to darken the pixels around the object.

Using this effect slightly will bring an object forward so it stands out against the background. If you increase the effect of your edge you can create a border around the object, which can be useful if you plan on creating a cutout that does not have a defined background. Play around with your photo editing services to determine which effect you like best and which is the most appropriate for the finished product you want to create.

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