Not all customers who approach graphic editors supply high-resolution pictures. Some images are not even shot on high quality digital cameras. Tourists usually come with such pictures from their vacations abroad. Happy memories can not be parted with and there is an additional challenge of making the pictures more pretty. Honeymooners return home to make impressive albums. And now they have less money to spend on editing the red eye, removing some objects from the background, erasing frames with high-speed shutters etc. Now, the ideal thing to do is to approach a graphic editor who knows how to handle imperfect photos. It is not an expensive job anymore. When done professionally, the images turn out fabulous. With additional graphic illustrations the album becomes a valuable keepsake.
Here is what the photo editor does to create the magic … sometimes in 24 hours flat on bulk pictures!
All images are separated and handled one by one. The image can be in any format-tiff, eps, bitmap, jpeg or psd. The secret now lies in how he will use a process like clipping path on the pictures. When pictures are shot on digi-cam they are in Jpeg format (Joint Photographic Experts Group). This gives a gloss to the compressed pictures. Handling images in this format is easy for most editors. Since all people who click photographs are not professional shutterbugs, Jpeg format usually comes to the editing table. Clipping path technique resolves the imperfect image formats. Depending on the format, a solution or a combination of tools are identified to remove the flaws. Photo retouching can be done simply to make it look much better. It can make the dull colors look brighter. And if background needs changing, the composition of the photo is marked with the basic clipping path technique. A shape is defined before isolating the main object. Unwanted portions are knocked out. Clipping path of this kind was referred to as 'knock-out' originally when Photoshop software was devised. Today it has advanced from basic to medium and more complex scales. It has redefined the way photo editing is done professionally. With sharper vector lines, the digital images are able to attract more eye balls. Several methods are used during editing and they are called 'work path'. The menu has several other tools to make clipping path more useful to a final composition. Once the editing is done, the image can be saved in eps, dcs or even pdf format. Most clients pick up eps format so that changes can be made if needed.
Clipping path techniques can also be used separately for web programs and other designs successfully. To do this the final file that will be saved will be changed from RGB to CMYK. Photoshop is the most used software program for clipping paths. But now others like In Design, Corel Draw, and Illustrator are also being used professionally. With demand of many customers requiring a slew of photo editing services, it has become necessary for all designers to be aware of the new formats, applications and software upgrades that enter the industry.