CLIPPING PATH SERVICE
the professional digital photo cut-out

Simply put, a clipping path is an outline created around an image which allows you to remove a picture from its background – much like cutting an image out of a magazine with scissor.

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You may also hear a clipping path referred to as a ‘closed vector path’ or ‘shape’. Sometimes it is also called as deep etching. Once the clipping path is applied, everything on the inside of the ‘line’, or ‘path’, is included in the final cut and everything outside is left behind. Anything you don’t want to appear in the finished image – whether it’s a background or some other unwanted element like a shadow or display stand – can be removed.

When to use clipping path

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To remove background from a product image or any object.

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To mask-out or hide background without actually removing the background - useful when designing catalogue in InDesign or QuarkXPress.

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To select and edit a specific region, or change the shape of an image.

Multi-clipping path in order to select individual areas within an image;useful for colour correction purposes

When to use clipping path


Type of image or need

Example - before

Example - after

To remove background from a product image or any object.

To mask-out or hide background without actually removing the background - useful when designing catalogue in InDesign or QuarkXPress.

To select and edit a specific region, or change the shape of an image.

Multi-clipping path in order to select individual areas within an image;useful for colour correction purposes

When not to use clipping path

•   If the object has hair or fuzzy edges or is transparent (use advance masking instead)

Other considerations:

Although there are other methods for removing unwanted elements from an image, there are no techniques that can rival the quality achieved by image processing services using Photoshop clipping path drawn manually by a skilled operative. If you’re looking for a service that can provide you with a sharp, defined edge of all your images, Clipping Path India has a reputation for delivering each and every time.

How we do clipping path or deep etch:

Our graphical designers has many years of experience in using image editing software such as the industry standard Adobe Photoshop. Using Photoshop we utilise the Pen Tool to define highly precise clipping path for our customers. Depending on the image resolution and quality, our graphic designers zoom-in the image by 200% to 300% when drawing the path. This enables them to create an appropriate number of anchor points, which is paramount to retain the correct shape of the object. Having too many or too few anchor points can result in an inadequate cut-out of an image.

The accuracy of skilled professionals using the Pen Tool far exceeds what is achieved via any automated functions and tools. As a consequence, we never use any other tool such as the Magic Wand for quick selection and path creation. Similarly, all the automated tools in photo editing software packages and server solutions with heavy use of algorithms we have tested, are either imprecise, with parts of the background still visible, or exceptionally ragged with an edge that looks pixelated and not usable in a professional context.

Clipping Path India are the foremost offshore graphic studio, highly skilled in image manipulation and editing. We pride ourselves on the quality of the finished product – no matter how many images you need edited.

Our services work for all – from publishing professionals looking to submit thousands of images, to individuals who only need work done on a few photos. The cost of our deep etch services depends on; the quantity of pictures, the required turnaround time, and the level of complexity in the images. However, by using an outsourcing company such as Clipping Path India, you can benefit from DTP professionals with vast experience for only a fraction of the price you would pay in Europe or America for a similar clipping path or background removal service. Our prices start from as little as $0.39 USD per picture. We provide quotations within ONE HOUR, so you won’t be left waiting with a project that you want completed.

We make your pictures work for you. Quick turnaround & competitive prices.

Let us know what you need and we will give you the best possible price.