How to do clipping path using the pen tool in Adobe Photoshop?

How to do clipping path using pen tool in Adobe photoshop_

Hello, if you’re looking for a good article where you can easily learn “How to do Clipping Path using Pen Tool,” you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, I will attempt to explain and demonstrate how to use the Pen Tool in Adobe Photoshop as well as how to create clipping paths.

Making a clipping path with the pen tool is a simple process. You can learn it simply by reading this article! Yes, clipping paths with a pen tool are that simple! It’s simple to learn, but perfect clipping paths take a lot of practice. I hope you know there is a proverb “Practice makes a man perfect”.

I’m assuming you’re a beginner with Adobe Photoshop. So, first and foremost, we must learn about Adobe Photoshop and the Pen Tool. Because we will need Adobe Photoshop software, we will need to know how to use it and what the Pen Tool in Photoshop is.

Let’s take a look at Adobe Photoshop and the Pen Tool_

What is Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop icon Clipping

Adobe Photoshop is image editing software that can be used to remove photo backgrounds, replace them, enhance photos, create logos, do graphic design, and much more. Adobe Photoshop is the most widely used software on the planet. To edit an image, almost everyone uses Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop has a plethora of image editing functions.

The user experience is what makes Adobe Photoshop the most popular photo editing software. Adobe Photoshop is very simple to use, and the functions are well-organized. Adobe Photoshop was founded in 1988 by brothers Thomas and John Knoll. John sold the program to Adobe Systems in 1989. After then the software is known as “Photoshop”. Adobe Photoshop is an offline application. To use this software you have to purchase it from Adobe’s official site ““. Then you have to install the software on your computer to use.

Adobe Photoshop is only made for macOS and Windows. It is not available for Linux users!

What is Pen Tool?

Pen Tool icon Clipping

Pen Tool’ is one of the most popular terms in the image industry, especially among adobe photoshop users. Basically, Pen Tool is known as ‘Path Creator’. Pen Tools allows a photoshop user to create a custom path to get his/her desired shape.

In graphic design software, the pen tool creates vector graphics using mathematical points and curves. Unlike the brush tool, which changes the color value of pixels, the pen tool creates mathematical objects that represent curves and shapes.

There are different types of Pen Tools. Most known Pen Tools are_

  • Pen Tool
  • Freeform Pen Tool
  • Anchor Point Tool
  • Delete Anchor Point Tool
  • Convert Point Tool

You can learn more about the ‘Pen Tool’ from Adobe’s official website by following this link_

In this tutorial, I will tell you ‘how to do a clipping path using the pen tool in photoshop’ in only 5 steps.

Step 1: Open Photoshop & Upload your Image

Step 2: Select Pen Tool from Main Toolbar

Step 3: Start drawing the clipping path

Step 4: Go to Layer Panel & Save Path

Step 5: Save your image file to your Desktop

Step 1: Open Photoshop & Upload your Image

I have already discussed what is ‘Adobe Photoshop. So, first, you need to have installed photoshop on your computer. There are a lot of Photoshop versions available online. I will recommend Adobe Photoshop CC 2019. Once you have your best editing software installed on your computer, you have to launch the software by clicking on the Photoshop icon.

Adobe Photoshop

Step 2: Select Pen Tool from Main Toolbar

I’m assuming you already have Adobe Photoshop installed on your computer. To launch Photoshop, double-click on the Photoshop icon. When you open Photoshop on your computer, you will notice a horizontal menu bar on the left side of your photoshop interface. There are numerous tools to choose from in this menu bar. Each tool performs a unique function. To create the clipping path, select the ‘Pen Tool’ from the toolbar.

There are 6 different types of Pen Tools available in photoshop. These 6 pen tools are_

Pen Tool

Freeform Pen Tool

Curvature Pen Tool

Add Achor Point Tool

Delete Anchor Point Tool

Convert Point Tool. 

Among those 6 Pen Tools, we will select ‘Pen Tool’ to do our clipping path.


Step 3: Start drawing the clipping path

You’ve opened Photoshop, uploaded an image for the clipping path, and chosen the pen tool from the left toolbar. It’s now time to start sketching the path around your product!

To begin, zoom your image to 300% and select any corner of the image to begin drawing the clipping path. An anchor point will be created if you click at the edge of your image product. Then, by adjusting with the product edge, you create another anchor point. Continue making anchor points in this manner until you reach the end of the Clipping Path.

Drawing Clipping Path

Step 4: Go to Layer Panel & Save Path

Go to Layer Pannel and save path

Once you have done with your clipping path- then it’s time to save the path! To do this, you will see a menu bar on the right bottom side of the photoshop window. That menu bar is called ‘Layer’. In the layer, you will see there are 4 options. These 4 options are_





To save the path that you have already done, you have to choose paths and save from there. That is very simple, right?

Step 5: Save your image file to your Desktop

You’ve completed nearly every step of your clipping path. It’s now time to save the file you’ve already worked on. A menu bar will appear at the top of your computer screen where you can save your image. There is a ‘File’ option in the upper left corner. When you click on the file option, a drop-down menu bar will appear. There is a function called ‘Save As’ there. Now, select ‘Save As’.

When you click the ‘Save As’ button, a new window will appear asking you where you want to save your files and in what format. You must now select your location and image format.

Now all the tasks are completed!

Saving a Clipping Path file

I hope you now have a general understanding of how to use the pen tool in Adobe Photoshop to create a clipping path. These are just general examples of how to use clipping paths. I, Arian Rahman (Founder & CEO, Clipping, am a Photoshop expert who regularly writes blog posts for my blog readers about Photoshop tutorials. I hope this was helpful!

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