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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.
As far as automating goes, and assuming a simplistic image here, a Photoshop action can do the following:
- Convert the 'Background' to a layer that will accept a mask
- Select the clipping path
- Apply a vector mask to the new layer based on the currently selected path.
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.
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.