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Next, we will discuss whether to use a clipping path or layer mask, when creating a silhouette. We'll show you how to utilize the pen tool to create an accurate path, for clipping and also how to use masking techniques, using layer mask and quick mask. So when do you use a mask or a path? Understanding this really depends on understanding your products final use. In this case, I have a shot of a mobile device, that I know is going into a document in InDesign. And it's got some pretty clean edges, and not a lot of transitional fades. So in this case.
I very easily could go around with the pen tool and create a very accurate clipping path to utilize inside of InDesign. With this image, I have a lot of transitional areas, a lot of fringe, a lot of frayed edges and this would be very difficult to go around and isolate this using the pen tool. So instead, I'll use my selection tools and a mask to go through and mask this out. Masks are also important when I'm doing adjustment layers. A mask is built in automatically, and any mask that I create on another layer can be duplicated into that clipping mask.
This allows me to go through and have this adjustment run on part of my image instead of the entire image.
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