- Did You Know You Can Import a PDF?
- Got a Two-Color Job and Four-Color Images?
- Drag and Drop Pictures from Your Desktop (Windows only)
- Fit to Box and Box It Up
- Cropping—Up Close and Personal
- Get the Picture Centered
- Eyeball It
- Need the Picture Bigger, but Not the Box?
- Thou Shalt Know Thy Bits and Pieces
- Ultimate System for Avoiding Bad Resolution
- Fuzzy Type in Your Photoshop Image?
- Graphics as Fun-House Mirrors
- Accessing Image Editing Commands (Mac only)
- Negative and Positive Together
- Faux Duotones #1
- Faux Duotones #2
- Turn a Boring Image into a Graphic
- Skew a Graphic or Image Within a Box
- Making a Clipping Path
- Short Tips for Clipping Paths
- Full-Resolution Preview for Images
- Full-Resolution Preview on the Fly
- Lower than Low—Keep That File Size Down
- Quark, Servant of Mine, Alert Me to Picture Changes
- Update That Picture and Retain Cropping and Sizing
Short Tips for Clipping Paths
Putting that image on another color? Before you open Clipping Paths, apply the box background color you're planning on using behind your outlined image. Having that background in place lets you see how good your clipping path is when you click Apply in the dialog. Those light pixel halos at the edges of your subject really pop out with a colored background!
Holes in your images? Many times the subject you're outlining with a dropped out background has areas within that also need the background dropped out, like pretzels. Easy to dojust uncheck Outside Edges Only in Clipping Paths dialog.
Fill the shape of your clipping path with another image. Here's an attention grabberhow many times have you seen the shape of an outlined image filled with another image? It takes only two-steps. First, in Clipping Paths, get your path set up, then click Invert and Apply. You should see the background of the image, but the foreground subject is dropped out. Click OK, then do Step and Repeat, setting offsets to zero, to make a duplicate box #2 on top. Do Get Picture to import another image into that box. Then send #2 to the back using Shift-F5 so #2's image is now only visible through the empty clipping path of the first box, now on top.