Clipping Path inside edges - How?

I’m working on a flyer at the moment using CS3 suite, Photoshop for image manipulation and InDesign for the flyer. I have a TIF image that needed a transparent background, no problem creating that, however, it also needs some sections within the the area that has been clipped to also be transparent. I’ve tried making the selections with the lasoo tool, making a work path out of them and then a clipping path. However, the saved final result shows no difference and I’m still left with my outer edges perfectly clipped but the inner edge selections unchanged. Using InDesign’s built in clipping path tool is no good as I can’t get a tolerance that works on the inner edges. Surely there must be a way to achieve this in Photoshop. The Photoshop help files only deal with clipping outside edges assuming that everything inside the selection remains intact. Anyone know how to achieve this?

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I’m assuming that you are using the clipping path option within InDesign and specifying the Photoshop path as the option you want.

An alternative approach is to use masks within Photoshop to eliminate any area you don’t want. Transparency will carry over to InDesign. If you can’t see it in PS you won’t see it in ID. You still have the option when pasting to specify which layers are used. Just make sure to check the “Show Import Options” at the image selection stage.

If this isn’t quite what you are asking the other option is to use multiple copies of the file placed on top of each other. So long as they are the same dimensions they would be easy to align, then you could treat each ‘copy’ as you wanted. One completely clipped, and the other for whatever transparency you need on the ‘inside’. You could also achieve this with layers within Photoshop.

Sorry if I’ve not been any help but I was struggling to understand your post a little.

Thanks for the reply and sorry I wasn’t clearer.

I’m not using the clipping path option within ID as when I tried it, I could not get a tolerance & threshold setting that would do inside edges without destroying the outer edges.

So, it was over to PS to make a clipping path which worked perfectly for the outer edge. However, when making my selection for the clipping path, I also selected parts on the inner fill of the image that needed punching out to create transparency in various areas. However, after applying the clipping mask and exporting it as a tiff to ID, the only transparent part of the image was on the outside edge. The inner parts of the image that needed to be transparent still showed the background colour of the original image.

From what I’ve read, it seems that clipping paths in PS will only work on the stroke of the path selection leaving its surrounding background transparent. I did try creating a PSD file that had masked off the background to a transparent layer underneath but didn’t use the ‘Show Import Options’ in ID so the transparent layer went into the document and showed up as a white background. I’ll try this approach again and use the import options and see what happens there.

Absolutely brilliant! The import options worked using a PSD file and choosing to keep Photoshop’s layer handling. I now have inside and outside edges transparent!

I don’t know why this method isn’t used more often instead of clipping paths and even more frustratingly, the ID help tells you nothing about the Photoshop layers option when using import options for graphics. Adobe seem to like making things harder to find than they have to be, but…a result at least and thanks for the pointer.

no problem, it is an issue I’ve had to work around multiple times, and believe me it is vastly easier now than it used to be. InDesign and Photoshop and Illustrator are a much tighter unit than they’ve been in previous releases. The way I think about it is that InDesign should be able to render a PS file however you want it to, you do your prep in PS then import the final product to place in ID. It can make for bulkier files but you gain a world of layering, tranparency and effect possibilities.

I’m currently doing an Illustrator course at night-school and we’re using CS. I’m on CS3 and I can see the differences between the two and how they’ve brought more facility in with layers in CS3. One day it might literally be one program I reckon, as functionality and workflow processes become more uniform.

It would be nice from a user point of view to have one package to rule them all, however from a business standpoint I can’t see Adobe making that decision unless some serious competition opens up. It is far more advantageous for them to make you pay for each component than to integrate them. As a package though the integration is much tighter than it ever used to be which is what it always should have been.

HA HA HA! You don’t say!!! :lol:

They are becoming the Microsoft of the design tools world, no contest.

Clipping Path inside edges:
Hi There,
When removing backgrounds of images or photos for image manipulation, first have to know that what are the features when clipping path of images. Your image inside edges occurs due to not properly select the whole area of rear or background image portion. Photoshop pen kit or tool provide you facilities to gradually select the anchors or points so that the whole paths is covered and your complete background will properly select area to area then clipping results smooth perfection of clipping path.So in this way you try my tactics that results proper clipping the images and no inside or outside edges visibility.

Good Luck…