In a designer’s jargon, to clip an image means removal of undesired entities from the frame in order to make the end result spellbound. There are many scenarios in which a portion or background is clipped right from commercial grounds to personal portraits. There are galore of image editing tools at the disposal of the editors. The process has varied areas of implementation in many sectors.

Basic Reasons to clip an image

Technically, clipping is used to integrate with other file formats. Using Photoshop one can clip an image and scale it down to a size to embed in a website or PDF file. These converted file formats are in turn used in many applications. The benefit of clipping is that the snap can be twisted creatively to suit the purpose of the required visual content.

Image editing is a very professional activity ever since new editing software keeps evolving. Amateur designers experiment with their personal photographs by clipping portions from them with and sometime without reasons. This technique is commercially used in designing images for brochures, flyers, business cards, e-commerce websites etc.

The Clipper tools:

Selecting the best-fit tool among the scores is up to the discretion of the editor. Picking the tool usually depends on the requirement of the customer and the complexity in the image. The best-known tool is pen tool. The pen tool can be used to mark anchor points and then connect the points using vector lines. Once the lines are connected from start to end of the portion to be clipped, it can then be cut and placed into the desired backdrop.

Alternatively, the magic wand tool can be chose to clip an image. This tool can be used to click and select the region to rework the frame contents. The method selects area of similar color and pattern. One needs to use logical approach to select or deselect the area that is being clicked. The tool offers both these operations by left mouse clicking. Zoom in to select miniscule parts and click on those areas, which are to be clipped apart.


How are images in the websites so apt and content full? Photographs can be captured with apt requirement and placed on the Internet. Though this forms a belittled percentage, not every designer can afford to add customized pictures to websites. In such scenarios, they get help from photo editors. To point a simple example, the depictions that represent the telephone number, customer care, email etc. are some of them. These illustrations are not created always; they can be clipped out from an existing image. That will be cost and time efficient for web builders working under budget constraint.

Customized e-greeting card designers benefit scores out of this technique. Clipping images are implemented to a great extent. E-Greeting designers clip images from varied quarters and merge them to create a wonderful eye-catching end result. There are many such implementations for this unique technique. In gist, it is “use the best, clip the rest”.

Author's Bio: 

Atiqur Sumon
CEO of Outsource Experts Ltd.
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