shuttertalk Wrote:Did you know that there are even professional clipping path services where you upload your image to them and they create clipping paths for you?
Why Clipping Path?
I represent one of those companies that offer Clipping Path Service. Clipping Path has been around for long time. Not only Photoshop, Quark Express, Adobe Illustrations, and Corel Suits also use this tool to remove background, cutout image, make transparency, and every other ways you can use it. But, from the beginning and still the Photoshop clipping path has been the greatest tool for this.
Why Clipping Path Service Companies?
The reason there are many Clipping Path companies is that it is a very time consuming, laborious, and most of all non-creative job. Most graphics design companies employ creative designers. And engaging the creative employees in the Clipping Path job, would mean the waste of time, money, and mostly of creative potential. Therefore, we take this as an business opportunity and free the designers from their important time and allow them to work in creative activities.
Example of a Complex Clipping Path Job
To get and idea about how laborious this job is, please try out the below images for making clipping paths. This is one of the complex jobs we do. However, model pictures with hairs flying out are super-complex jobs, when you have to extract each hair individually
Original Image before Clipping Path
After Clipping Path
shuttertalk Wrote:They're not cheap either, ranging from around $2 per path to $17.50 per hour...Why Clipping Path Service Companies are not Cheap
The pricing for this job actually depends on labor skill and labor hour. Therefore, to cut cost, we have installed a setup in low labor cost country in the Indian Subcontinent, Bangladesh. But, please note that these service is not a freelance service. They along with us provide very professional service with quality. So, quality is also a factor. Therefore, I think you should also agree that good quality has a good price. That's why our services are not cheap.
However, there are cheap services offered by freelancers. They may be good, but getting a good service may depend on your luck. Usually, small companies go after freelancers. And large companies depend on us for consistent and reliable service. That's why we exist.
Diversified Use of Clipping Path
Other than removing backgrounds, cutting out images, and making transparency; Clipping Path also has other uses. You can create multiple paths around an image and change their color, shape, opacity, effects, etc. This is called Color Masking (for changing color) and Correction Masking (for changing other). That is very good for animation and color optimization. Have you seen some fashion sites, where they offer same product in many colors. You just click your color and the same product changes to your desired color. It is done by creating separate image files for each color. This is one of the great thing what clipping path can offer. And for raster animation, this option also has good use.