Cut-outs/ Clipping Paths

Paul Reading
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Postby Paul Reading » April 3rd, 2007, 12:27 pm

The templates provided with "New from Assistant" have imbedded images with clipping paths. I cannot work out what is wrong but I cannot get SP to recognise any clipping paths I have in my images. What is SP doing differently to me? clipping paths are essential for professional looking publications.
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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » April 4th, 2007, 2:24 am

Hi,
The only way to use some clipping paths is by the use of Smart Shapes (not Basic Shapes).
A tricky way, I agree.
Look at these templates (Bistro for ex.) and see how the designer of this one have used a Smart Shape (a little oval) to "simulate" clipping paths around the head of the cook. Of course, these Smart Shapes used as clipping paths have to be invisible (no fill, no stroke).
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Postby Paul Reading » April 4th, 2007, 2:55 am

Photo is on graduated blue background so smart shapes are no good. I guess they have used a transparent background and not a clipping path?
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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » April 4th, 2007, 3:17 am

Hi,
Perhaps combining (pseudo) clipping paths and mask may do the trick.
Is it possible to have an example of this image/background?
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Postby Paul Reading » April 4th, 2007, 3:48 am

Look at the photo of the Chef in "Brochures/Bistro" he is on a transparent background, I assumed that it was done using a clipping path. I guess it must be a tiff with a transparent background.

I just wanted to achieve the same effect and a clipping path is the usual method.
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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » April 4th, 2007, 5:34 am

Most images from the Cliparts collection are hpi (??!) with transparent background, other are pdfs (mainly the vector cliparts) with transparent background too and some are jpeg with white background.
Imho, there's no way to create clipping paths in SP.
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Postby DMcG » April 6th, 2007, 4:37 am

You can get a clipping effect by dragging and dropping pdf images from the clipart panel on to a Smart Shape. This produces an 'image fill" which you have limited control over in the 'Fill and Shadow' inspector (scale type ....).

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