Image clipping and photoshop masking are graphic terms used in designing industry.
Clipping paths is a closed vector path that helps to knockout an image in a image editing software.
Photoshop masking is used to isolate a portion of an image from the rest of a photo, provided the photo has edges that are not well-defined.
Today clipped images are used directly on various media such as magazines, packages, flyers, banners, etc. They are also used to eliminate the background of an image when exporting the image to a page layout, a vector-editing application, or for printing purposes.
Photo masking is mostly used for creating product catalogs. Also known as image Masking, it is used with Clipping Path technique to knock the background out of complex image to be placed for advertisement display in e-commerce website. Photoshop Masking is further useful when clipping paths alone is not applicable on hair, fur, or semi translucent images like flames, highlights, muslin, chiffon & glasses, feathers, smoke, lighting etc.
Article by: Gayathri
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