Clipping Paths

Also sometimes called Work Paths, Runaround Paths etc, this is where an object is selected, saved as a Path, converted to a TIFF and inserted into another program - here QuarkXPress. So why would we do this? If for example, you needed to include a graphic ito a QuarkXPress document, but the area of the graphic includes a background which you didn't want, by creating a Clipping Path, the background color/text etc can "run" right up to the edge of the "clipped" graphic.

1. By using the Pen Tool, select an object. By using the Pen Tool, you will have created a Path. When you are happy with your selection, switch to your Paths Palette, make sure you click on the path to select it and click on the arrow in the top-right of the paths palette. From the fly-out, select Clipping Path (see image to the right). You will get the box below.Under Flatness, enter 0.5 pixels.

clipping path box

Paths palette

2. Now go to FILE...Save As. Give the file a name and location you will remember but under Format, save it as a TIFF.

The reason for the popularity of this file format is twofold - not only does it allow you to use graphics in a variety of programs (here we have manipulated the graphic in Photoshop, but will next include it in a QuarkXPress document) but you can save your work to a portable medium such as CV or DVD and work on another platform - either from a PC onto an AppleMac or vice versa.

This may not have any interest to you, but if it does, in the box to the right under Byte Order, select which platform you wish to continue to work on.

So now we'll switch to QuarkXPress>>


TIFF options
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