I've been supplied a bunch of product shots in EPS format. Having seen the shots used in various publications I had a hunch that they had already been isolated.
Simply opening the files in GIMP reveals no path info but nice high-res images.
Placing the file as an image in a Scribus file provides the "Extended image properties" option and I can see a named path to define as a clipping path. I'd be able to use the files as-is in my publications except that the raster info is distinctly low res (this is probably the tiff preview part of the EPS) Choosing the path shows that the raster image size is much smaller than the path anyway.
As GIMP saves path info as svg I've tried opening the files in Inkscape they import like opening a pdf and I get no path info. Simply renaming an EPS file with a .svg extension doesn't work.
Converting an EPS to pdf using various command line tools either gives me a purely raster pdf or one that crashes Scribus on import. I've tried "pstill", "epstopdf" and "imagemagick" with a whole buch of options and switches. Acrobat pro running in a VM doesn't like the resultant pdfs either.
To be clear, I need to use high-res images in eventual pdf output. Usually I'd create the clipping path in GIMP, export a version as TIFF and produce my pdf in Scribus. My OS is Xubuntu and I don't have access to Adobe software (except Acrobat pro for proofing, running in a VM)
In this case it looks like I'll be repeating the job of creating the clipping paths - which sucks!