1. Images at Mister Clipping are processed in Photoshop. If background removal is required Mister Clipping generally uses a Clipping Path, a Layer Mask or a combination of both.

    Removing the background in Photoshop: Clipping Paths
    A Clipping Path is a connected series of vectorized dots (anchor points), placed over an image. The lines between the Anchor Points can be curved as required by "pulling" the dots while placing them. These curved lines are called "Bezier Curves".

    At Mister Clipping we prefer to remove the background of objects with Clipping Paths. Using a Clipping Path results in the least number of errors or inconsistencies in the final product. Generally, the edges of a Clipping Path are harder than the edges of a mask (which will be explained in the next paragraph), but the hardness of the edge is adjustable in Photoshop or InDesign. Besides the advantage of this hard and detailed edge, Clipping Paths are scalable and can follow the natural curves of an object even if they are not visible with the naked eye. Finally, a Clipping Path can be placed "inside" the object to prevent color leakage as a result of downscaling.

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  2. If you have two copies of an image, one with a Clipping Path, and the exact same image without, it is easy to transfer the Path between them. Simply open both images next to each other in Photoshop and drag the Clipping Path from the path window to the image without a clipping path. This will result in the Clipping Path being copied and placed. Please notice that even though the Clipping Path has been transferred, it is inactive. To activate the Path, select "Options" in the Path window (right top) and select Clipping Path. Choose "Yes", and your Path is now a Clipping Path.

    The Clipping Path's location will be identical to the original image, but if the sizes of the images differ at all, the Clipping Path will not be 100% in place. This can be solved by moving the Clipping Path. To do this, select the Path and select all Anchor Points with the white selection tool from the tool bar. After all anchor points are selected, the position of the Path can be controlled with the arrow keys. The size or proportions of the Path can be transformed by clicking [CMD][T] and pulling the corner while holding the [SHIFT] key to maintain proportions.
    The Clipping Path's location will be identical to the original image, but if the sizes of the images differ at all, the Clipping Path will not be 100% in place. This can be solved by moving the Clipping Path. To do this, select the Path and select all Anchor Points with the white selection tool from the tool bar. After all anchor points are selected, the position of the Path can be controlled with the arrow keys. The size or proportions of the Path can be transformed by clicking [CMD][T] and pulling the corner while holding the [SHIFT] key to maintain proportions.
    The clipping path is always placed in exactly the same position, but if the sizes of the images differ slightly it can happen that the clipping path is not 100% on its place. This can be solved by moving the clipping path. To do this you need to select the path and select and select all anchor points with the white selection tool from the tool bar. After all anchor points are selected the position of the path can be changed with the arrow keys. The size or proportions of the path can be changed after clicking [cmd][t] and pulling the corner while holding the [shift] button to keep proportions.

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  3. In Photoshop it is easy to make the background of an image invisible using Clipping Paths. The trick is to do so without cutting off too much of the object and without deleting the background forever.

    This is how Mister Clipping accomplishes knocking out but not losing the background of a photo:

    1. Unlock the background layer
    2. Select the layer
    3. Select the Clipping Path
    4. Convert Clipping Path to selection
    5. Expand the selection by 2 pixels
    6. Convert the selection to a Layer Mask

    If you have an image with transparent background and a clipping path and want to see the original background, simply click the the layer while holding the [ALT] button. The background will show again (See screenshot). It is only possible to save an image with a Layer Mask when the output file format supports layers (e.g .tiff or .psd).

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  4. Images at Mister Clipping are processed in Photoshop. If background removal is required Mister Clipping generally uses a Clipping Path, a Layer Mask or a combination of both.

    Removing the background in Photoshop: Layer Mask, Masking
    In the same way that a costume mask is worn over the face, Layer Masks are placed and visible over their accompanying layer in Photoshop, hence the term Layer Masks. A Mask is based on pixels within the layer, and determines what pixels of the object are background, object or transparent. To determine and fix the exact positions of a Mask, an extra Color Channel is made in Photoshop, called an Alpha Channel.

    Layer Masks are the alternative to Clipping Paths for removing backgrounds in Photoshop. Creating and correcting a layer mask can be a very tedious job. Luckily, Photoshop has implemented a new tool in Creative Suite 5 named "Refine Edge", to make correcting the details of a Layer Mask much easier. However, this technique still requires expert level skill.

    At Mister Clipping we typically only use Masks to isolate aspects of an object that are too detailed to isolate with a Clipping Path (For example: Hair, or a Christmas tree). The other use of Masking is to isolate transparent parts of an object (Glass, Fine/Silky Fabrics). Edges of objects that need to be isolated with a Mask are called "Soft Edges" whereas edges of an object that need to be isolated with a Clipping Path are called "Hard Edges". Images of people have hard and soft edges and therefore require both methods for background removal in Photoshop.

    Layer Masks at Mister Clipping
    Images at Mister Clipping are delivered without a visible background unless specified otherwise. To preserve them for future use, backgrounds are made invisible using Layer Masks. Even if the background has been removed in Photoshop with a Clipping Path, a Layer Mask can be switched on and off to view the original. This is accomplished by clicking the Layer Mask while holding the [shift] button.

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