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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.


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