I have found that ReMask
can be a more effective way to create clipping paths in Photoshop (versus dozens of clicks with the pen tool). After going through my normal masking workflow with ReMask
, then making a few additional clicks back in Photoshop, I can quickly and easily create a clipping path from my cutout.
Clipping paths are neat selections because they can be retained with your saved image file – which is great if you offer masking/clipping path services or if you need to share your image project with a colleague!
Follow along, and see how easy it is to incorporate this in your workflow.
1. Start with your normal ReMask workflow. Once you’ve finished masking your image click then it can be saved as a clipping path.
2. Back in Photoshop, go to your Layers Palette and locate the layer that has your new cutout.
If you are working with a layer that has your cutout saved to a layer mask then it will look like this:
3. Time to select your cutout. Make sure that the layer with your mask/cutout is selected. Then use CMD-Click (Mac users) or CTRL-Click (Windows users) on the image thumbnail to select it. If your image layer has a layer mask then be sure that the mask thumbnail is selected (has the black box around it) before making the selection.
You should see the marching ants appear around your selection.
4. Then go to your Paths Palette. If it’s not loaded then go to Window -> Paths to bring it up.
5. Go to the bottom of the Paths Palette and click on the Make work path from selection icon (it should look like a circle with two antennas sticking out).
6. This should create a new Path layer in the Paths Palette.
7. Double-click on the new Work Path layer and a box should pop up to save your Path. Give your path a name and then click OK
Tip: You can also reverse the path selection. To do this (go back to step 3) and once you have your selection go to Select -> Inverse.
This will select the area around your cutout. Then you can pick back up at step 4 to save the inverted selection.