What is deep etching?

Deep etching is a graphic design term used to describe the process of removing the background from an image.  The background is removed, so only the object of the photograph remains visible.

Rhianna deep etch Elle Magazine
Rhianna deep etch Elle Magazine

When designing websites, it is a vital process for us to get the images how we want them. The below example is for a clothing store. The items of clothing are photographed on a mannequin with different backgrounds and need to all be consistent before we can put them on the site. Deep etching allows us to do this.

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teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown.  Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses.  Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment


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This is an excellent video that teaches deep etching;

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