I made a clipping path and accidently clipped the outside of the bottle instead of the bottle. How do I reverse the clipping path? I know there is some icon that is supposed to show up on the top control bar but I am not finding anything.
1st I clicked on the path and tried it. It said no pixels selected. Then I went to the canvas and did command/A to select all. Then it let me change the path into a selection. Then I tried to inverse it but all it said was no pixels selected. I thought there was something on the control bar on the top that you selected the path and something came up so you could inverse it? Thank you.
And you can avoid having to switch the mode of the path, by setting the options for the path/pen tool BEFORE you draw the path. Icons are the same, on the right end of the options bar. Also make sure you are in Path mode, not Shape Layer.
Then select the Path Selection tool (solid black arrow)
You should see 4 path options near the left.
If you have sub paths, sometimes combinations of the options produces the correct result.
Something else to consider: you can choose to use shape layers instead of paths. But to get vector output using shape layers, you have to save the image as a PDF. The advantage with shape layers is that you can see the clipped result in Photoshop, and everything outside the path is transparent.
Refer to screenshot:
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As far as the shape layers, the path options work the same way for those. The advantage is you can see the clipped result right away in Photoshop, like in my screen shot. I was just offering another option to produce a clipped image and output, but you don't have to use shape layers if you don't want to.
Hi. Yes, options is checked. Yes, black arrow is selected.
No, those little boxes such as below - do not show up.
I'll be happy to attach a picture of what I have for screen shot if you can send me a way to do it. Thank you. I am not getting a little camera icon. Usually to attach at the bottom it says something about attaching an image.
The 2nd icon (subtract) would be an inverse of the first (add).
Normally to create a compound path (like a donut), you can select the entire path, then the 4th icon (exclude) so that the inner sub paths are knocked out of the outside path.
Hi RTC Ann
I don't know if you ever solved this problem but I just came across it myself and found a (clumsy?) solution:
1. Make sure the 'Add to shape area (+)' button is selected in the options bar.
2. Draw a small, closed path, i.e. a triangle, inside your original path.
3. Select both paths.
4. Click the 'Combine' button in the options bar.
5. The path will now switch to masking the background instead of the contents.
I've found that if you copy the inverted path (including all the subpaths if it is a compound) and paste it into a new path layer, it will also reverse the path and mask the background, instead of the object. In my experience, it pastes the path into the correct position with the same registration. You may need to re-establish the compound.
However, if the outline of the canvas is included in the path, do not include it in the copy/paste action. Delete it.
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