Can't open my photos from iphoto in photoshop cs3

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by abetzolt, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. abetzolt macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2008
    I hope anyone can help. I just went everything Mac back in May and put all of my photos in iphoto.

    Now I just got Photoshop CS3 (classroom in a book is on it's way!) and I can't seem to open my library in photoshop when you go to file open and find it, it is completely grayed out. I have tried to save as photos to do a contact sheet and it still wont recognize the photos? Is there a simple solution?
    I should also state that any photos that i transferred from my windows application will open but new photos that i took with my canon and let iphoto organize and keep I can not open with photoshop.

    I sure can use anyones help! thanks in advance.

  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    hi anna

    im not sure what you mean by your iPhoto library is greyed out in Photoshop? do you mean the media browser (as seen below) in Photoshop's open window is greyed out? also are you using Leopard as this isnt a feature in Tiger.


    or are you trying to open the iPhoto library with Photoshop in your pictures folder? because this wont work. try dragging the photo from iPhoto into Photoshop's dock icon then it will open.
  3. abetzolt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2008
    hi Rich,

    When I am in photoshop and I go to file>open > then choose either applications the iphoto is grey or if i choose pictures then iphoto library is grey out too!.

    Obviously i am a newbie. I used to work with a PC and took a few classes on photoshop cs. So maybe i am even going about it wrong. See when you say the photoshop dock I don't even know what you mean by that :(. So I will try to find that.

    I did sign up for some help at the apple store so I should ask for their help too!
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    The problem is the way that iPhoto stores your pictures. It puts all your pictures inside a package called iPhoto Library. That makes it hard for other applications to access them.
  5. abetzolt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2008
    thanks for your help. on some of the photos that did work! some said i needed quicktime to open.

    what i was going to do is make a contact sheet of 9 photos for a birthday party invitation. but it wouldn't let me open those from the folder like you thought.

  6. Skyburning macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Why not just export the photos you want to use from iPhoto to a separate folder?
  7. abetzolt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2008
    it worked it worked! it finally worked!

    oh! man thanks for everyone's help!!!

  8. jsimonello macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    Titusville, Florida
    Were you able to save your changes directly back into iphoto?
  9. cameragirl247 macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2010
    i can not open iphoto in photoshop cs3

    I just got a macbook pro and everything was fine i was able to open my iphoto fine ( i transferred from a external hard-rive) then i opened iphoto for the 1st time to upload photos.. .everything was fine just thrown off by the new features.. then i went to open iphoto in photoshop and the open button was faded out.... i tried on the another account and i could do it. it was just on the main account.... how can i get this working again???


  10. hassiton macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2010
    Also mac newbie, but found an easy way out

    Just open the library of iPhoto and make an Alias (by "right" clicking) of the originals folder in there. I made one in the photos section of my user thingie. After that anything you import through iPhoto will be accessible through any other aplication.

    I registered just to post this. I've had a mac for less than week, I love it, but could have not survived with these amazing forums. THANX to all of you for making my mac experience even better. (I wonder why I stuck with a PC for so many years.)

    may the summer come to the north.
  11. joeman16 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2010

    Hey could you explain how you did that alias thing again? i tried to make an alias of the actual iphoto library but it was still grayed out in cs3...i called it 'iphoto library access'

    where did you find the originals folder?

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  12. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    The easiest thing to do would be to make Photoshop the external editor. In iPhoto, go to Preferences, and set Photoshop as your external editor. Then, work in iPhoto and when you want to edit a photo, Photoshop will open automatically, you can edit the photo, and when you save your work, it will put the photo back into iPhoto exactly where they should be.
  13. joeman16 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2010
  14. vicman macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    I decided to choose Photoshop CS5 as my external editor and it works great. Thank you all for your helpful information.
  15. mylesclough macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2011
    Beautiful BC, Canada
    Not the complete answer

    Setting Photoshop (PS) as the default editor for iPhotos is not the complete answer. I prefer to use iPhoto editor (or Picasa) for 'first look' editing and only use a major editor like PS for pictures I want to print or complex editing like stitching a panorama. So I don't want to set PS as my editor, although this does work. There are many other image related programs which need to have access to the library. Also iPhoto does not display all the earlier images in my library.
    What I (?we) would like would be for Finder to have access to the whole of the library (not through iPhoto) so I can browse the library and import a file to the programme of my choice. I can do this, but only by using the search function of Finder, for example searching the Pictures folder for '2008' brings up a folder containing all the images entered to iPhoto that year. Then I can trace down the image I want and open it 'with' the application I want to use. (Ass backwards IMO). I can also drag an image from iPhoto to the PS icon in the dock, but I don't have all my apps available like that.
    So I have two questions, can Finder be tweaked to show the library folders and files so that all applications can open them? How do I adjust iPhoto so it will bring up events from several years ago?
    My OS is SnowLeopard.

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