IMAGE Clipping Path

Clean and Precise Clipping Path Services

Clipping path is the technical term for cutting an object out and isolating it from the background. We loosely call it a “cut out” or a “background removal”.

clipped image stuffed toy

When you take a photo of the product, you may not necessarily want to see the background because it could have been dark, dusty or just inconsistent with any other photo you take. We help fix that for you with our image clipping path services. By making all your images cut out with precise edges, the resulting display will be as clean and realistic as possible.

With a good clipping path for your image, you’ll be able to place the object against any other background, or even a transparent background. The overall look is clean, consistent, sharp and accurate.

At Paper Boat Creative, we have skilled Photoshop specialists who have a flair for clean, precise image cutouts. Creating the perfect clipping path requires a steady hand, years of experience and great attention to detail – all of which our team have. Our years of experience in illustration, design and editing allow us to help you produce some of the most stunning images for your brand.

Here are a few examples of high quality clipping path applications:

image clipping for fashion brand cutouts

Paper Craft Effect graphic design cutout for fashion brand in London, Mero Retro

image clipping path bubble thoughts

We could talk about this all day, seriously. These paper speech bubbles were all accurately cut out and then superimposed to make one larger speech bubble layout. We also did some shading to make it look like it was all really there in one go. Created with Nick Ballon for Stone Plus, Getty Images.

image clipping created for British Council

Hundreds of images cut out precisely, from solid objects to see through images, dust, paint, smoke and even water. Created for the British Council

A Cut Above the Rest

The method for cutting out an image takes precise hand-tracing of the edges of the image. Imagine using scissors to cut a picture out from a piece of paper, well, we do just that except it’s digital scissors, and we go down to the very last pixel of the image to make sure it’s absolutely precise.

A high quality cutout makes all the difference, especially if your object or image needs special attention to the edges.

Which Type of Clipping Path Do You Need?

Not all clipping paths are created equal. Some only need a few anchor points while others can have as many as a hundred (the more anchor points we use, the more complex a clipping path becomes). It all depends on the object that needs cutting out. Solid, compact objects with crisp, clearly defined edges are easier and faster to clip than objects with soft edges.

Clipping Path Categories

As a clipping path service provider, Paper Boat Creative has digital artists who specialise in isolating objects and removing backgrounds. We categorise clipping paths according to the level of skill required to cut out an object from a photo flawlessly.

  • Basic Clipping Paths

We perform this clipping technique on objects with clear, defined edges and without any holes in the middle. Product photos set against a plain, single-colour background often get this treatment.

  • Simple Clipping Paths

This type of clipping path applies to objects with defined edges but with more curves. Objects with a hole or gap right at its centre also belong to this category.

  • Medium Clipping Paths

When the number of holes or gaps (e.g., the spaces between fingers) exceeds two or three, and if the object has more curved than straight edges, we create a medium clipping path.

  • Complex Clipping Paths

Staircases, fences and benches made of wooden slats — these objects have complex shapes and more than a handful of tiny gaps that we need to make transparent. As such, they take longer and require more effort to finish.

  • Multiple Clipping Paths

Isolating every object or person in a group photo is possible. We can even rearrange them and retouch them individually. But first, we’ll need to create multiple clipping paths.

  • Super Complex Clipping Path

This is the highest difficulty level and often applies to landscapes and portraits. Very fine details like the leaves of trees and hair strands floating with the breeze require the greatest number of anchor points and closed paths. These photos are the most difficult to clip.

Obtain clean, professionally-clipped images that you can use for your website, advertisements and other marketing materials. Contact Paper Boat Creative to request a quote.

Before and After, Clipping Paths

Here are a few examples of before and after images of where clipping paths have been applied. As you can see, the completed image allows the background to be transparent, or whatever you want, so that the presentation of it beside other objects is a lot more clean and uniform.

Toy Clipping Paths:

story book image clipping path
pinocchio toy image clipping path before and after
stuffed toy image clipping path before and after

Jewellery Clipping Paths:

pearl earrings image clipping path before and after
bracelet clipping path before and after
star earrings image clipping before and after

Clipping Paths for Gifts and Accessories:

sunglasses image clipping before and after
before and after jackstone image clipping path

Clipping Paths for Shoes:

shoes image clipping path before and after
pointed shoes image clipping path
sandals image clipping before and after

Creating clipping paths is an art and a science. The right clipping path skills lead to a stunning and unique visual design that is almost impossible to naturally capture with photography. Also called ‘deep etching’, drawing clipping paths is a vector mask technique that traces the outline of an image and cuts it out from its existing background. The image can then be masked, corrected or transposed onto anything you can imagine.

Precisely clipped photos make all the difference. The cleaner the clipping path, the more seamless the finish

The approach we use is an excellent way to achieve high quality results on:

  • Clipping paths for toys
  • Clipping paths for jewellery
  • Clipping paths for fur
  • Clipping paths for hair
  • Clipping paths for transparent objects
  • Clipping paths for high end compositions
  • Clipping paths for clothes

What better way to explain than through a tutorial!

Let’s start off with the basics, but even a “basic” edit does take some time to fix up.

Clean and Precise Clipping Paths from Paper Boat Creative

The Paper Boat Creative team has earned the trust of many media agencies, international brands and professional photographers. Over the years, we’ve demonstrated our proficiency in editing and retouching photos, whether for personal enjoyment or commercial and promotional purposes. As such, you can be confident that having us do your post-production photo editing and retouching will be beneficial to your business.

Our Creative Team

We started strongly in 2009, and with each year we’ve built upon our expertise. Our founder, Rebecca Van Ommen, has instilled in us the value of hard work, and that a sincere passion for creating art is a key ingredient to producing high-quality touch-ups and edits. We make sure each photo that passes through our hands comes out beautiful and meets, if not exceeds, our clients’ expectations.

Our agency has offices in London, Manila and Tel Aviv. We accept clients from various industries and from all over the world. Our clientele includes professional photographers, fashion brands, corporations, media agencies and more. You can look forward not just to our image clipping path services but to a wide range of photo manipulation and media editing services.

We are artists who are perfectionists in ways that count. We don’t settle for mediocre output. We have the technology, skills and years of experience necessary to deliver high-end images that impress at first glance. If it’s possible to remove all flaws, we’ll do it.

Capture your audience’s attention with stand-out images. Talk to Paper Boat Creative and let’s make your artistic vision come to life.


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