Photoshop Elements won't open iPhoto files

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Fiendishone, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Fiendishone macrumors member

    Fiendishone

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    Hi I am new to Macs so please bear with me. I am running up to date Mavericks, I have loaded a trial version of Photoshop elements 12 on the Mac and when I ask it to open file/s in my iPhoto folder it tells me that photoshop does not recognise that type of file! How do I get my photos into photoshop from iPhotos? :eek:
     
  2. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    How are you trying to open the photo?

    From my experience, you have to drag the photo out of the iPhoto library, edit it in PSE and then you can put it back in iPhoto, if that’s what you want to do.
     
  3. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    As the iPhoto Library is essentially self contained (all the images are buried deep in it's contents), PSE can't directly access them. You'll need to do one of two things - go under iPhoto's Preferences, under the General tab, choose Edit Photo, then in application and select the PSE editor. The second option is to export the images to a separate folder, and open that folder/images in PSE.
     
  4. Fiendishone thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you both for replying.

    dfausty, have tried the method of asking iPhoto to edit in PSE the tried to open them from PSE, still doesn't work, so tried editing from iPhoto but that didn't work either. Bending Pixels, it looks like I shall have to have a separate folder for photos I want t edit. I haven't tried this method yet, am about to do so. It seems such a shame that you can't just grab photos from inside PSE, oh well. :)

    Haven't discovered how I can drag a photo from iPhoto to PSE, doesn't seem to work. :confused:

    Thank you for your help!!
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    NEVER access files in the iPhoto library with any software other then iPhoto. OK yes there are safe ways to do it but if you are asking this question here, you are not expert enough to do this.

    the BEST way is to go into iPhoto and find the "Preferences" panel and the set the "default editor" to Adobe Photoshop Elements. Now iPhot will hand off any photo in the library to Elements and when you save from inside Elements the phot goes back into the library.

    The second method is to from inside iPhoto, select File->Export and export the file to the desktop or some folder. The start Elements and edit.

    The first method is much better

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    That would not work. Yu want to either tell iPhot to use PSE or do an export.

    Your problem is you are still thinking this is a 1980's vintage PC. Just forget about keeping photos in folders. They are in a library.

    The word "library" is accurate. How are books kept in a real public library? They are all in one big place kept in numbered order and you use a card catalog or now days a computer database search to find the book. That is how iPhoto works, it a data base search.
     
  6. 1k9 macrumors member

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    Will the second method also work with lightroom?

     
  7. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    Yes. Always set the iPhoto's preferences so Lightroom, or Elements, etc. is the default editing application.

    After that, open the photo (in iPhoto) you want to edit, and then click on the "edit" icon at the right bottom of the iPhoto window, which in turn will launch whichever editing application you set in iPhoto's preferences. Once you have edited the photo and you click on "Save," the editing application saves the edited photo in iPhoto.

    But if you don't want to save the edited photo in iPhoto, you can select "Save as," and then choose the location (desktop, another folder...) you want to photo saved at, and the editing application will save it to that location.

    You can also set Elements, LightRoom, Aperture, etc., to launch and download your photos when the camera is connected to the computer, instead of having iPhoto doing that.
     
  8. 1k9 macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply and help, I'm just getting started with my first MacBook Pro retina coming from PC
     
  9. Fiendishone thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you all very much for you assistance, you have been a great help and now find I can do the things I want. Learning a new system is always a steep learning curve and it is great to get help from knowledgeable people. :D
     

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