Help with Aperture and Photoshop CS2 Workflow?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by sukanas, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    i really like the aperture interface, etc.. but theres times where i really need photoshop. well with aperture having its own organizing library, using photoshop (saving as PSD).. i was wondering

    lets say theres a photo i upload via to aperture.. then i decide to use that photo for cs3, then i open it in cs3 to edit it. the tricky or annoying part is saving it... you obviously cant save into the aperture library itself so is the only other option saving ie. desktop and then exporting to library again???


    oh and your workflow recommendation would be great too.
  2. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    This is one of the wonderful things about aperture - you can do exactly what you want and each version is automatically managed without you having to do anything else!

    I keep all my photos (300gb worth) in the aperture library. If you store them elsewhere there may be extra steps, but I really see no reason to do so.

    (my) Steps:

    1) Import file into aperture
    2) Quickly go through and "9" all the deletes
    3) Go back through again and rate the 3-5's (my keepers)
    4) Do most of my work in Aperture
    5) for those pictures that do need cs3 work - right click and OPEN WITH (cs3)

    At this point - aperture will create a NEW file (I use 16 bit TIFF files, but you can use PSD if you wish) and your original RAW will not be touched. Edit to your heart's content in PS and then SAVE.

    Note: do NOT "save as" and give it a different name, of that file will not be in aperture unless you import it.

    So long as you save, when you get back to aperture you'll see a new updated version of the file that you just created AND your original file.

    It's that easy. You should never have to import and export files EXCEPT if you're batch processing large numbers using PS actions. For example I wanted to run a denoise plugin on every picture i took in an album, so I exported the files, ran them with a PS batch process and then reimported them as a separate folder. But if you're just editing one file at a time, you don't need to do this - aperture does it for you.
  3. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    wow, thank you SO much!!!
    just a question about that though about right clicking...

    is there some kind of default of "edit w/ CS3?"
    cuase thats wats been bugging me is when having to open a file in photoshop than via saving it desktop then importing AGAIn into aperture!! :(

    again thank you for your help!

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  4. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Set it up in "Preferences"
  5. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    thank you!
    OMG.. for the longest time ive been debating between bridge, lightroom and aperture. but this as just made me go aperture 100% !!!
  6. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Bridge is an entirely different application from Aperture and Lightroom.

    Glad that you were able to fix your problem though.

    Aperture is still my choice and I have used a good deal of apps just like it.
  7. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    Under preferences you can set CS2/3 as your external editor and then it will show up. You can also set 8 or 16 bit export and PSD or TIFF there.

    I bought a mac pro after 20 years of being a PC user just to get aperture because of the versioning management. It's that nice!

    Give a shout if any other problems. Cheers.
  8. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    as of now, im setting it at psd 16..

    for the DPI, its at 300 default.. i know this has something to do w/ the print quality but what would be your guys's recommended settings?
  9. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    oh and i was wondering about why some of the edited pictures had the check plus while others didnt?

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