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" if I were creating a clipping path of a donut, I would have a path around the outside of the donut and one on the inside of the donut (actually the same path, just 2 parts) and could save as a clipping path and everything would work fine. Now only the outer path activates. Any suggestions??


Clipping Path makes a Hole in the Doughnut

Using image clipping paths to create a hole

Assuming you've read our previous tutorial on clipping paths, now you want to cut a hole in that image so not only the background is transparent, but the "hole in the donut as well.

What you'll need to do is add your inside path, but make it "subtract from shape" so it knocks out the hole. This should tell you enough, but if it doesn't, just follow along...

Path to draw the outside

NOTE 1) Create the Outside shape
      In the interest of time for this demonstration, I'll be using the simple shape tool to draw our shapes. However, you'll probably be using the pen tool, or other selection tools to get a good, exact selection around the outside of your donut.

NOTE 2) Draw it as a shape
      Make sure the "Paths" option is turned on in the Options Bar. This will generate a Path in the Paths palette.

NOTE 3) Path Area in the options bar can be selected so it designates a 'shape'

NOTE 4) Name it. Once drawn, double-click the Path thumbnail in the Paths palette and give it a name.

Now create the inner hole

NOTE 5) Subtract the "Hole" by using the same selection process, but this time outline the hole. Make sure you have selected the "Subtract from Shape" option in the Options Bar.

NOTE 6) Select Both paths using the Select tool in the tool bar, and once (7) both are selected, you will see the thumbnail (8) now has the hole. If you wish, you can (9) "fill" the path (optional, if you wish) to confirm to yourself that you have indeed subtracted the hole. I'm going to fill mine with BLUE since I don't have a donut.

Now make a clipping Path

NOTE 10) Again, using the Selection tool, (11) Select both paths.

NOTE 12) Convert to Clipping Path by now moving up to the Paths palette and selecting "Clipping Path" ... now the name gets outlined in the Paths palette. (13)

That's really all there is to it. If you've created other layers with content, just get rid of those layers now, saving only the donut image and the paths and
Select: File > Save As ... and then select "Photoshop EPS"

As you can see in this screen, once the file is placed in Quark XPress, InDesign, Ready-Set-Go, or other desktop publishing programs that support clipping paths, the donut (like my blue "donut") will have NO background, and you'll easily see through the hole.

Clipping Path in InDesign

NOTE For assistance with image clipping paths, choose Help > Export Transparent Image. This interactive wizard helps you prepare images with transparency for export to a page-layout application.

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