06 Sep 2007 Add Value to your Photos with Clipping Paths

Some microstock buyers love clipping paths and using them can have a positive affect on your sales.

What is a Clipping Path?

A clipping path is simply an invisible line around the primary subject of the photo that makes it easy for a buyer to isolate the subject.

How do I Make a Clipping Path?

This depends on what software you’re using. There are plenty of tutorials on how to create clipping paths for common photo editing applications.

There are also commercial clipping path services who will do it for you for a fee.

How do Buyers Know my Photos have a Clipping Path?

You need to tell them. Simply add the words “clipping path” to the title, description or keywords of your images so buyers immediately know your image has a clipping path.

Debatable Value

Many microstock contributors knowingly choose not to include clipping paths. They cite the competency of buyers who can often create better clipping paths and casual evidence to suggest minimal influence on sales. Adding a clipping path certainly represents an additional step in your workflow. The value to your earning capacity will always be debatable. The choice is yours.

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