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

How to do clipping path using pen tool in Adobe photoshop_

Hi, if you are looking for a good article where you can learn easily “How to do Clipping Path using Pen Tool”; then you are on the right page. In this tutorial, I will try to explain and demonstrate how we can use Pen Tool in Adobe Photoshop and can do clipping paths.

Doing a clipping path using the pen tool is a very easy process. You can learn it from reading this article only! Yes, doing clipping path using a pen tool is that much easy! It’s easy to learn but it needs a lot of practice to do a perfect clipping path. I hope you know there is a proverb “Practice makes a man perfect”.

I am assuming that you are a very beginner in Adobe Photoshop. So, first, we need to know about Adobe Photoshop and Pen Tool. Because to do clipping path we will need Adobe Photoshop software, how to operate it and what is Pen Tool in Photoshop.

Let’s have a little bit of idea about Adobe Photoshop and Pen Tool_

What is Adobe Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop icon Clipping Pix.com

Adobe Photoshop is software that uses for image editing purposes like removing photo background, background replacement, photo enhancement, creating logos, graphic design, and much more. Adobe Photoshop is the number one used software all over the world. Almost every people use adobe photoshop to edit an image. Adobe Photoshop has tons of functions that are for editing images.

The reason why Adobe Photoshop is the most popular photo editing software is its user experience. Adobe Photoshop is very easy to use and the functions are organized for your use. Adobe Photoshop was created by brothers Thomas and John Knoll in 1988. In 1989, John sold the program to Adobe Systems. After then the software is known as “Photoshop”. Adobe Photoshop is an offline-based software. To use this software you have to purchase it from Adobe’s official site “https://www.adobe.com/“. 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 Pix.com

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_ https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/drawing-pen-tools.html

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

Now I assume that you have already installed adobe photoshop on your computer. Double click on the icon of photoshop to launch photoshop. Once the photoshop window is open on your computer, you will see there is a horizontal menu bar on the left side of your photoshop interface. In this menu bar, you will see there are lots of tools to choose from. Each tool has different works. To do the clipping path we will choose ‘Pen Tool’ from the toolbar.

There are 6 different types of Pen Tool 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.

SELECT PEN TOOL FROM MAIN TOOLBAR

Step 3: Start drawing the clipping path

You have opened your photoshop window, uploaded an image to do the clipping path, and also selected the pen tool from the left toolbar. Now it’s time to start drawing the path around your product!

To do this, first, you need to zoom your image up to 300% and choose any corner of the image to start drawing the clipping path. Click at the edge of your image product and an anchor point will be created. Then you make another anchor point by adjusting with the product edge. Like this, you continue making anchor points until you come to the end to finish 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_

Layers

3D 

Channels 

Paths

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 have already done almost every step of your clipping path. Now it’s time to save the file that you have already worked on. To save your image, you will see a menu bar at the top of your computer screen. There at the top left, you will see an option named ‘File’. When you will click on the file option, a down menu bar will pop up. There you will see a function named ‘Save As’. Now, click on ‘Save As’.

After clicking on the ‘Save As’ button, a new window will pop up and will ask you where you want to save your files in which format. Now you choose your location and your desired image formate.

Now all the tasks are completed!

Saving a Clipping Path file

I hope you have got a general idea about how to do clipping path using the pen tool in adobe photoshop. These are just general demonstrations of how to do clipping path. I, Arian Rahman (Founder & CEO, Clipping Pix.com), am a Photoshop expert and always write blog posts related to photoshop tutorials for my blog post readers. I hope that helps!

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