iPhoto/ photoshop interface

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by janelegate, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. janelegate macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Hi everyone. :)

    After altering a photo in Photoshop, I save it as a jpeg on my desktop. I then try to import it into iphoto, but I get a message saying that it is already in the iphoto library, - even though it isn't there in its adjusted form.

    I use iPhoto '09 version 8.1.2 (424)
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Do you use the same file name for original and edited version?

    How do you get from iPhoto to PS?
  3. janelegate thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Thank you for the reply, spinnerlys.

    I save it in PS with a different name, and then I go to iPhoto and click Import to library. I've also tried dragging the file from Finder into iPhoto.
  4. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Monterey CA
    It's another step, but you can save it to the desktop and then drag it into iPhoto. The problem with iPhoto, one I hate, is that you can't drag or import a photo to where you want it, it always goes to the end of the page and then you have to drag it to the place you want it. The scrolling action when you drag and bump against the borders of the page pretty much sucks. Sometimes the scroll is just sooo touchy. I wish Apple would work on this.

    The desktop method seems to work almost as a translator when programs collide.
  5. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    OP - am I missing something, or can you not simply use Duplicate in iPhoto and then Edit in External Editor? Sorry if I've missed the point of your post.
  6. Pomeroy macrumors 6502


    Sep 27, 2008
    If you want to use Photoshop to do your editing on a photo that is in iPhoto the best way I have found is to set up Photoshop as the external editor for iPhoto. That way you never have to leave iPhoto and your edits will stay in iPhoto.

    To set Photoshop up as your external go to iPhotos Preferences and under the General tab change "Edit photo" to Photoshop. You can setup Photoshop or any photo editor as your default external editor if you want, then when you save a photo it will go back into iPhoto with the new edits. I wouldn't do any editing outside iPhoto. If you want more than one copy of a photo with different edits you can click on iPhotos menu " Photos > Duplicate" give it a new name, work on a fresh copy in photoshop without leaving iPhoto and save back to iPhoto. Always use Save and NOT Save As or it will make a new file that won't show up in iPhoto.
    After I set up my external editor, I use Pixelmator, I changed the "Edit photo" Preference back to "In main window". This way I can use iPhoto to do most simple edits by using the Edit button or if I want to do the edits in the external editor I Right click and select the editor I want.
  7. janelegate thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Thanks for the helpful replies, everyone. I think I've sorted it out now.
  8. alainr macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008
    Can't duplicate photos with ilife '09

    I upgrade on my imac to ilife '09 and now can't duplicate photos. Neither the keyboard short cut or going to Photos/duplicate works.

    Any suggestions on what the problem is? i had no problems w/my prior version of ilife.
  9. mootsie macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2010
    Plymouth, Minnesota
    Iphoto Not Seeing Photoshop Elements 9

    I would like to do my editing with photoshop elements but contrary to what I'm reading on the this board to go to iphoto/preferences/General there is no option to use an external editor. However, there is in the Advanced option but when I tag this tab I cannot see or find my Photohop program nor do I have the option to search for my photoshop program. Does anyone have a suggestion?

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac8,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
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  10. FourCandles, Jan 14, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011

    FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    In iPhoto>Preferences>General, is there a dropdown box called...
    Edit photo:
    ...which gives choices of
    In main window
    Using full screen
    Adobe Photoshop Elements... (or whatever your default editing app is)?

    Mine is already set to Photoshop CS5, possibly yours could just say Choose application...
  11. Pomeroy, Jan 14, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2011

    Pomeroy macrumors 6502


    Sep 27, 2008
    If you are using the latest iPhoto, Version 9.1.1, look under the "Advanced" tab. Once you have selected Photoshop Elements to be your external editor, change it back to "In iPhoto" and you will be able to use iPhoto as your default editor, but with a Right click on a photo you can select Photoshop Elements to use for more advanced edits.

    Attached Files:

  12. sjcook macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2011
    Kansas City
    You are exactly correct and that is how I fine tune my photos....Sometimes I want to have the original so I just duplicate the photo and then edit the copy....Pretty simple and straight forward...:eek:

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