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Technical Reasons & Clipping Path Availability

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Melonstone
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Message posted at 11/03/2010, 06:01:15 AM by Melonstone
Just curious - does anyone know why the following message appears under the image description for photographs with clipping paths?



"Due to technical reasons, clipping path is available only for the [extra large/medium] size of this file."



The size available varies from picture to picture.



Thanks.

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Martinedegraaf
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Message posted at 11/03/2010, 06:07:26 AM by Martinedegraaf
When you save a clipping path into a jpg, it will be lost once you resize the file. That is why the clipping path will only be available for the original file size in wich is was uploaded.
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Red
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Message edited at 11/03/2010, 08:57:41 AM by Red
One thing you can do to insure that an image (photo) you upload has a clipping path that is obvious to the buyer is to also upload it in an additional format. Many don't realize that you can upload a photoshop .eps file with the path set as a clipping path. I've done it ,and that format has been purchased. See -

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Melonstone
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Message posted at 11/04/2010, 04:07:59 AM by Melonstone
Thanks very much Martine & Red - I didn't realise the clipping path will be lost if the file is resized....I'm still on my PS learning curve ;-)
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Rimglow
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Message posted at 04/06/2011, 10:12:24 AM by Rimglow

Originally posted by Martinedegraaf:
Quoted Message: When you save a clipping path into a jpg, it will be lost once you resize the file. That is why the clipping path will only be available for the original file size in wich is was uploaded.




This is just not true. I resize jpg's all day long and the clipping path is still there when I reopen the file. Other microstock sites retain the clipping path at all sizes. Apparently Dreamstime is stripping it out of smaller sizes. Why?
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Red
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Message posted at 04/30/2011, 08:24:29 AM by Red
Just curious - does anyone know why the following message appears under the image description for photographs with clipping paths?



"Due to technical reasons, clipping path is available only for the [extra large/medium] size of this file."




I don't see this message under images with clipping paths. Has something changed? Is the clipping path retained in all sizes now?


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Piccianeri
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Message posted at 07/28/2011, 03:11:03 AM by Piccianeri
Resurrecting this thread with the same question that Red asks above, as yet unanswered. Has DT software changed? Is the clipping path now retained at all sizes?



I am asking this because in some cases it would be great to be able to offer both the clipping path, and the original shadow. Sometimes, while true isolation on white is necessary, the image would look much better with the original shadow underneath. If the clipping path was retained you could do both, and thus offer much better value for money.



This is coming up again now because I have just had a rejection for using 'isolated' as a keyword and in the description, which was true enough, but I also added a gradient underneath to add depth. I gather that at the moment DT is asking contributors to NOT use the word isolated unless it is totally true. I think this is a great idea and I am very willing to oblige – I am also a designer and understand the difference very well.



However, in this case can we please have the option of keeping the path at all sizes? Many competitor sites offer this option so it must be possible. I just want to offer images with pure white background but a lovely little shadow at all sizes. If I can do this only at largest size I am effetively offering a different picture, or forced to make an aesthetical choice which might not be right in cases.



thank you!
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Piccianeri
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Message posted at 07/28/2011, 03:13:14 AM by Piccianeri
...come to think of it, the added clipping path could be extremely useful not just in case of white backgrounds, but with all backgrounds where appropriate. I am sure the option would boost up sales.
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Sid
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Message posted at 07/28/2011, 08:25:09 AM by Sid - member is an admin
That message shows up when you attempt to download an image. The clipping path is still not retained for all sizes, due to technical reasons.
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Piccianeri
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Message posted at 07/28/2011, 08:31:55 AM by Piccianeri
But shouldn't it be? It is for competitor sites. It is an extremely useful feature and we lose out a lot for not being able to retain it.



Can you let us know whether that's in the works or not? I consider it a serious limitation.



thank you
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Sid
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Message posted at 07/28/2011, 09:00:23 AM by Sid - member is an admin
We'll look into it and implement it if possible.
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Message posted at 01/17/2013, 09:34:32 AM by Anderskoponen
Hi. 1,5 years since last post in this topic. Anything changed?
There seems to be many different practises to include a clipping path:
- add additional EPS
- add additional PNG
- but some just upload an JPG and describe it as including clipping path.

Maybe dt could put in the FAQ-section a short tutorial what is the best practise to include a clipping path?


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Red
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Message posted at 01/17/2013, 09:53:57 AM by Red
This is what I put in my description of files with clipping paths that I've also uploaded as .eps additional format to differentiate them from .ai files -

"The .eps version (additional format) is not a vector illustration, it is a photoshop .eps file and contains clipping paths."



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BCritchley
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Message posted at 01/19/2013, 10:38:13 AM by BCritchley - member is an admin
Useful stuff :)
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