View Full Version : trouble figuring out clipping path

03-06-2007, 07:07 PM
Hello all,
I'm not that good with PhotoShop, I can do the 4 or 5 things I do all the time and that's about it.
I'm trying to make a logo image for a website but I'm having trouble figuring out how to cut (remove/trim...) the extra bits so the curved image that's left can be placed on a transparent background.

Can someone take a look at what I've got so far?
This.psd (http://www.nopeople.com/webfiles/Lazy.psd) has just the curve I want to cut along.
This .psd (http://www.nopeople.com/webfiles/Lazy2.psd) has the curve and I've enclosed the rest of the image so I've connected it all around with the pen tool.

I just can't seem to get any further...:confused:

03-06-2007, 07:32 PM
FYI, your paths were not saved along with the second file.

The simplest way to do what you're saying is to:

A - double click the Background layer in your Layers palette; prompting you to create a New Layer from it (Layer 0). You can't edit a Background layer, and this is how you make it into an editable one.

B - Use the Polygonal Lasso tool, in the second button from the top left in your Tools palette, to trace out the area you want to crop. The Polygonal Lasso works like connect-the-dots: one click makes a new point on your polygon. Double clicking closes the loop.

Say you want to delete the sky from above the mountains. The best way to do it is to select pieces of the sky, bit by bit, with your Lasso tool, and erase them by pressing the [Delete] key. You know you've hit success when you see a grey and white checkered background -- which indicates a Transparent area.

C - Use the FILE > SAVE FOR WEB command to open the Save For Web dialog. There, you can choose different file formats and compression levels for your image. GIF and PNG both support transparency, both with pros and cons. You'll get better transparency rendering with PNG, but it isn't as widely supported.

If you save your transparent image as a GIF, you may notice that on dark backgrounds the image has a faint white border. This is because GIF only supports 100% Transparency -- not Translucency of any degree. There's no way to fix this, unless you make Aliased cuts along your transparency line. An aliased edge has the effect of being pixelated, and usually you don't want that to happen.

Try it out, and let us know how you did.


03-06-2007, 08:12 PM
Thanks for the help Felix,
I appreciate it.
I went around it three times before I finally got the loop to close and when I hit delete... I got a background color instead of the checkered squares that would indicate a transparent background.

Isn't there some way to select the line I've already drawn with the pen tool?

03-06-2007, 09:47 PM
Photoshop doesn't handle vector lines very well. It may be lost forever.

You got the coloured background because you didn't turn your Background layer into an editable layer.

See step A from my first post.

03-06-2007, 11:59 PM
Thanks again Felix, I finally got it and it looks like it will work. What a pain - not intuitive at all!

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