Things to Consider Before Outsourcing Clipping Path Services
They say that clipping path is one those monotonous and time engrossing jobs that ever exist in history. If you are like those photographers, web designers, or catalogue managers who find themselves scowling from this tedious task, then you should consider outsourcing it. If you belong to the photography or design industry and considering to outsource your clipping path services, then you should read on for the things to consider first before considering this option.
If you want to avoid frustration and disappointment, here are the things you should consider:
- Clipping Path is Varied in Complexity
Clipping path is inclusive in nature, which signifies that it is an outline that secures the part of an image that you wish to preserve. For more complex works, more than one path is required in order to do the job. The technical term for this is called compound path. A compound path is incorporated numerous paths which are both inclusive and exclusive. So the cost of the work is dependent on the difficulty when in turn is dependent on the complexity of the outline and the shape of the object in the image. The cost is highly subjective so it depends on the client and service provider agreement. Some outsourcing companies, however, have some standard images to be referred to when it comes to the costing of the work. This will be included in the package that you have agreed with the company.
- Clipping Path and Mask are Two Different Things
The common mistake is that these two different concepts are confused with each other. If you are one of those who got confused with two terms, let me enlighten you:
- A clipping path is a selection made a pen tool in Photoshop while a mask is a selection based on pixels. A mask is a collection of pixels that is dependent on the color of each pixel.
- A mask can preserve minute details while the clipping path permits the selected shape to be magnified indefinitely without compromising its quality.
- Services that are labeled as ‘clipping path services’ often use both concepts to achieve the desired outcomes. Of course, the desired outcome is a processed image.
Now that you know the difference, it’s about time for you to outsource this service.
- Resolution and File Format of the Image
One factor that affects the complexity of the clipping path service is the resolution of the image. The idea is that the higher the resolution of the image, the longer is the time required to draw the outline of the desired object. Before outsourcing, consider first the application of the output image for higher resolution would mean greater cost.
You should also consider the file format of the image. Different file formats would mean different applications. The four (4) available file formats in the industry are: (1) JPEG, (2) PNG, (3) TIFF, and (4) PSD. Depending on your usage, you should consider the type of file format you might use. There are several advantages posed by the appropriate usage of file formats, but the most commonly used and accepted in the industry is the JPEG format.
Now that you have known these things, you are now ready to outsource like an expert.