The need for new software applications in the graphics industry is constantly changing. As a digital platform new improved methods are always in demand. Clipping path is used in the graphic and animation industry for creating an outline around an image without touching its single pixel. Using the Photoshop’s mighty pen tool does it. A silhouette of area that serves, as a mask and the only portion of the image that has been clipped appear visible while the area outside the clipping path then becomes transparent. The mighty pen tool ensures best quality and natural curves for the image. Also no lines become visible even after magnification of the image. Clipping paths are used in various graphic-editing procedures in different programs like Indesign, Quark Xpress, Photoshop and Illustrator. Some of the other software that is indulged in clipping paths includes:
Abode Photoshop – It is the most popular software, which does clipping path and offer a wide variety of tools for removing backgrounds. Apart from its much-talked about pen tool, Photoshop creates a path around the image and convert it into selection, allowing drawing a path around the image consisting of Bezier curves. Most of the graphic designers find it comfortable and at east to use pen tool to place points of the path around the image initially and then go back and edit the curves later. One can also draw the curves while creating their own path in Photoshop, which increases the comfort level using the software for clipping paths.
Photoshop can also save TIFFs with various layers and can be imported into InDesign for Quark directly. The altered layers and elements of the angel can now be called from within the page layout application.
GIMP – It is a remarkably influential and free-distributed Adobe Photoshop alternative application for digital image composition, authoring, retouching and processing. In GIMP, path tool is used for clipping path, which is required to make complex selections of images by specifying some points that are connected with a curve. GIMP is mostly used for quick and dirty image editing, as it is easier to use and understand.
Corel photo paint – It is also a well-known software application used in clipping path for image creation and photo-editing application. Path tool is the best application used in Coral photo-paint. It is very similar to the Photoshop’s pen tool as it also works on the Bezier curve. It is also a vector drawing application, which is similar to Illustrator. It is a fully featured vector drawing tool and remains hugely popular in the business and corporate design world, even though it has not been able to break into the professional arts market like Illustrator or Freehand.
InstantMask Pro 2.7 – It lets one easily remove a picture background and if needed add a new one. It is designed to easily cut out objects from digital pictures.