There are two Image editing techniques namely clipping path and image masking. Both are useful techniques to isolate a subject from a background. The main difference between both clipping path and image masking techniques is the way in which you want to separate the subject.
Clipping Path in Photoshop
Clipping path is used with the pen tool to remove the background from an image and also used when the subject of the image has sharp and smooth edges. This allows the clipping path to stay straight.
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Image Masking in Photoshop
Image masking is another way in Photoshop to remove the background from an image. This technique is used to remove the background from an image when the subject of the image has lots of fine lines and small things. Image masking is performed using a variety of tools in Photoshop, such as the magic eraser tool, background eraser tool and color separation technique.
Example: If the image you are editing is very complex with shadows or with multiple background colors, you will need to use a combination of image masking techniques.
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5 Types of Mask in Photoshop
1. Layer Mask
A layer mask consists of a grayscale bitmap. You can paint a mask by hand or use a selection to define its shape and turn its visibility on/off by Shift-clicking on its icon in the Layers panel to view the image layer with or without its effect.
2. Clipping Mask
You can use multiple layers in a clipping mask. This technology allows a layer mask or vector mask to apply not only to the base layer on which it is saved but to any layer above the base in the image layer stack.
3. Quick Mask
Quick Mask provides a temporary pixel-based visualization of a selection, one that improves on the animated dotted line called “marching ants” that appears in the document window.
4. Adjustment Layer Mask
Adjustment layer masks define which image areas are affected or aren’t affected by an individual adjustment, including Levels, Hue/Saturation, Curves, Selective Color, and the rest of Photoshop non-destructive correction layers.
5. Vector Mask
A vector mask is a resolution independent path that is used to clip out the contents of the layer. Vector masks are more accurate than those created with pixel-based tools. You create vector masks using pen or shape tools.
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Clipping Path and Image Masking in Photoshop
The main difference between clipping path and image masking in Photoshop software is the technique used to remove the background from an image. More complex images require image masking technique. It is technically possible using a clipping path to remove the background from complex images but the effect isn’t always as appealing as it would have been with image masking. The image editing done using clipping path technique looks more unnatural.
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