2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 7, 2016 7:04 AM by rudihoremans

    Photoshop clipping path


      We have a solution of products, related images (external container), and several input and export tables and scripts.

      It is a solution that does everything we expect from it. We have now about 10K records with product information and over 25K linked images.

      These images are all high resolution PSD files. The project started with only the need to download these images at remote locations. All goes welL.

      Only now the question has been asked to create simple layouts in FileMaker to produce downloadable PDF files that can be printed remotely.

      No problem.

      Finally, THE question: is it possible to have FileMaker honour the clipping path in these PSD files, so that the background elements in the product photos is not shown or printed. Have google and binged, did not return any information.

      Resaving, reimporting over 25K of images with white background and no clipping path is not an option.

      thanks for any suggestions.

        • 1. Re: Photoshop clipping path

          I'm going to be the bearer of bad news and say that to do what you want, you probably need to convert the clipping paths to vector layer masks. I don't recall being able to use [PostScript era] clipping paths in anything other than the major desktop publishing applications. Layer transparency is much more broadly supported, including within FileMaker container fields.

          Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 1.53.03 PM.png


          As far as automating goes, and assuming a simplistic image here, a Photoshop action can do the following:

          1. Convert the 'Background' to a layer that will accept a mask
          2. Select the clipping path
          3. Apply a vector mask to the new layer based on the currently selected path.

          Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.17.56 PM.png


          Photoshop can be scripted to run the action on a manual batch (folder full of files), on an event like opening a document, called via Applescript, etc.

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          • 2. Re: Photoshop clipping path

            Thank you. It seems indeed to be the only solution.

            Any new image to be added will be treated this way and we will update the legacy images as needed.