Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Photoshop clipping paths, part of InDesign: Working with Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Back in the last chapter I talked about…how you can control transparency in InDesign…using things like alpha channels,…but there's another way to mask out…portions of your image called Clipping Paths.…In the dark old days before InDesign…added its transparency features…Clipping Paths were the only way…to get transparency in your graphics.…But there are two problems with Clipping Paths.…First they're a real pain to draw,…unless you're a wiz at the Bezier Pen Tool.…And second, they always have sharp edges,…so they can look kind of unnatural.…
Let me show you an example.…Let's switch over to Photoshop…and then I'm going to look inside the Paths panel…for this document.…You'll see that there's a path inside the Paths panel.…All I need to do is select it…and it gets highlighted on my page.…It's actually really hard to see that around this edge,…so I'm going to go over to the tool panel,…click on the Selection Tool and hold for a moment,…and then choose Direct Selection Tool.…Now when I click on that path you can see it highlights…
Here David Blatner, cohost of InDesign Secrets.com, goes over placing images from Illustrator and Photoshop, copying and pasting InDesign artwork, managing color and transparency, and dealing with linked images, vectors, layers, and more. By the end of the course, you should be able to move seamlessly between the three tools, getting the results you want and without losing formatting, sharpness, or quality.
- Placing Photoshop and Illustrator artwork in InDesign
- Copying InDesign artwork into Photoshop and Illustrator
- Sharing color swatches
- Managing transparency in linked artwork
- Keeping Photoshop text and vectors sharp
- Converting images to CMYK