I found a job posting that says they have images that need to be 'clear cut', mostly of clothes, products, etc. Does anyone know what that means?

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    Did you try messaging the person to ask for clarification?
    – JohnB
    Oct 7, 2015 at 18:03
  • most likely, it means "silhouetting" (aka "masking").
    – Yorik
    Oct 7, 2015 at 18:10
  • Yea, sounds like a silly, contrived way to say "background masking".
    – DA01
    Oct 7, 2015 at 18:49

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Clear cut means to erase the background around a product. Here's an example: http://www.designjane.com/photo-clear-cut-photoshop-enhancements

  • I can't say I've ever heard that term used in the industry, though that link certainly makes it appear that it's used by at least one person. I've always used the term "masking".
    – DA01
    Oct 7, 2015 at 18:50
  • +1 "clear cut", "cut out", "mask" are all terms people will use for this. Clients don't always know the exact terms. In doubt, there's no shame in asking "do you mean you want me to remove or mask the background?" ;)
    – go-junta
    Oct 8, 2015 at 1:08
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    Its also soul destroying... dont apply!!!! Oct 8, 2015 at 13:18

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