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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 do—just uncheck Outside Edges Only in Clipping Paths dialog.

Fill the shape of your clipping path with another image. Here's an attention grabber—how 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.

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