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P: Export image with masking as a Clipping Path

Community Beginner ,
Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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Besides the awesome quick image enhancements and handy color grading in LR classic, I love the easy and accurate masking tools for objects. But it’s often required to export the image with a saved work/clipping path.

I wish if we could convert the masks as a clipping path when exporting an image through LR, so the others can have the object ready to select when opening the file in Photoshop.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 21, 2023 Mar 21, 2023

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LEGEND ,
Mar 23, 2023 Mar 23, 2023

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While waiting for Adobe to implement this, you could consider using the Copy Settings plugin's Extract Masks command to extract the masks as grayscale images suitable for use as layer masks in Photoshop.  Many masks don't have uniformly crisp or feathered edges, so a grayscale image better represents the mask than a clipping path, e.g.

johnrellis_0-1679586297447.png

 

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Guide ,
Mar 23, 2023 Mar 23, 2023

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The Adobe path conversion algo is left over from the 90s and hasn't seen any real improvement since then. It's mostly unsable about 90% of the time. And why would you want a vector path for a raster mask?

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Mar 23, 2023 Mar 23, 2023

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johnrellis, Yeah I'm using that method sometimes, once masking is done I just revert it and replace the inverted mask with an easy-to-selcet solid color and then save the selection as a clipping path, but then I have to export it as a 2nd version, so I don't destruct the original image. And that won't practical when it comes to syncing files while working on the same image on both LR and PS later on.

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