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Photoshop Basic: Creating Clipping Path, How to? Here in this tutorial we will learn how to create Clipping Path in Adobe Photoshop using pen tool. Before start with this tutorial we will focus on some terms. Designers who are involved in image editing industry they often perform clipping path or clipping mask in various image editing operation. They prefer to use short keys or keyboard shortcuts as its less time consuming. So in this tutorial we will also learn about the use of keyboard short keys in Adobe Photoshop.

So here we will go for the steps to create clipping path:  Run Adobe Photoshop in your computer, it is better if you use CS5 or any

letter version as some of the earlier versions contain less features.  Open the image you want to modify in Adobe Photoshop.  Select pen tool, it should be in the left side bar which is also known as tool

box in Photoshop or you can use short key (P) as I've said earlier its much time consuming.  In the right side you will see option bar. From option bar select "Path" then

create a new path. Now you are ready to create clipping path.  Zoom your image up to 4x, so that you can view it properly and you can

create path more accurately. You will find the zoom tool in the lower portion of your tool box or in some versions of Photoshop it might be in the upper left corner. The short key for zoom is (ctrl++).  Select the hand tool to find an edge of your image where you want to

create your path. You will get the hand tool in the bottom of your tool bar or use space as your short key for hand tool.

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 Draw your path around your preferred object, you might have to use Alt

key to select the direction of your path. Use Ctrl key to select any specific point of your created path. These points are often known as hard points.  From the option bar path palette click the path you worked on, give your

path a name and then save path.  Select your path by holding the Ctrl key and click on the working path.

The cursor pointer will take a different shape during the selection process.  Then copy your selection to a new layer. You can do it by dragging the

existing layer over the new layer or use short keys (Ctrl+C) for copy and (Ctrl+V) for paste where new layer will create automatically.  Shut the eye of the original layer and we will see the selected path.

 Save your customized image in PSD format or if you want a transparent

background then save it in TIFF, PNG or GIF format.

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