Ahh… clipping paths. Like trips to the dentist, they’re something everyone tries to avoid, but really aren’t that bad once you just accept it and get them over with.
So what is this clipping path you keep hearing about? It’s a vector line description embedded into your image file that tells software where to “clip” the photo. It’s normally used to knock the background out of an image, but really it can be whatever you want – donut shapes, words etc. The path travels inside the image file and can be activated and turned into a standard selection for soft-edge feathering, filtering and all that other great Photoshop stuff. This is an added bonus for people buying your images because you save them the extra work of making clipping paths on their own.