How to Remove the Background using Clipping Path in Photoshop?

Clipping path is an image editing technique that allows you to remove the background from an image as per your requirement using image editing software e.g. Photoshop. Using a pen tool you can achieve the desired result.

To remove background using clipping path in photoshop one should be skilled in using the pen tool.

The clipping path is widely used for product photography to enhance the look and feel in the
e-commerce marketplace.

Quick Tip: Selecting High Contrast image will make it easy to remove the brackground.

Step 1:

Firstly, open the image you want to edit in Photoshop.

Step 2:

Go to the tool section and select the pen tool which is above the text tool in Photoshop.

Step 3:

Outline the object with the pen tool and create a clipping path.
(If you have a plain background you can use a quick selection tool for quick selection. It detects the edges by itself and gives selection)

Step 4:

After clipping path, right-click on the canvas and select  “Make Selection” option. Small dots moving indicated the selected area of the image.

You will get a pop up which will ask you for feather – radius type 0.5. It will soften the edges to give a smooth finish.

Step 5:

You can copy and paste the item on a separate image by right-clicking the selected area, and selecting “Layer via copy” to create a separate layer with the selection, and delete the background layer or replace it completely. (You can use the shortcut Ctrl + C & Ctrl + V)

Step 6:

After pasting on another layer colour the background using shortcut Ctrl + Backspace

It will take time to get handy with a pen tool but constant practice will help you to balance the cursor properly.


I hope this article helped you learn and enjoy at the same time. Let me know if you have any suggestions or doubt regarding this article. If you prefer any other way of removing background let us know in the comments below.

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