I’d done this before but forgot the technique and spent a day and a half looking for the solution. Scouring the internet, I found many (bad) tutorials that tell you to create a layer mask from your work path, but that is not the right way if your goal is to import a clipped image into InDesign or other program. Steps for Photoshop CS5 & InDesign CS5
- Create your clipping path- I used the Quick Selection Tool Brush in Photoshop. Others will recommend you SELECT->Color Range and Eyedrop your color.. but this would have been problematic for me as I’m trying to silo the white background on a B&W drawing.. where parts of the drawing are white.
- Right click on your selection when complete and click Make Work Path. Name your path whatever you like.
- **THIS IS HOW YOU TURN YOUR WORK PATH INTO A CLIPPING PATH!** Highlight the Work Path you have named on the Paths tab, click on the upper right options menu -> Clipping Path. You can leave the Flatness: ___ device pixels box blank, but you’re welcome to research the effects of different values. Click “OK”. If clipping path is successful, the path name will now look white.
- Save the file. Tif or EPS is fine. Import into InDesign and the clipping transparency will be preserved!