5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 18, 2013 12:44 AM by Terence Devlin
A breezy one Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm trying to figure out how to effectively start using iPhoto in combination with Photoshop.

 

I prefer the editing abilities of Photoshop, but find the tagging and face recognition features of iPhoto useful. I'm using the Photoshop version with Adobe Creative Suite CS5 and iPhoto Version 11 9.4.2.

 

iPhoto is very foreign to me – when I switched to Mac a year ago, I tried it out, but was a bit freaked out when I couldn't find where the files were, so chose to stick with what I was familiar with.

 

Now though, I'm struggling with organization and want to try to integrate the two.

 

I've figured out how to use Photoshop as the primary editor and it appears this all stays within the iPhoto library, which is great.

 

But, I need to place images into my InDesign document and I don't know where to find them!

 

I also use an iMac at work and Macbook Pro at home and need to be able to ensure I always have all of the files on whichever computer I'm working on.

 

We have a Mac server, but I've been reluctant to use it because it negates my Adobe support. Instead I keep all my files on my desktop and back up to an external hard drive and transfer things back and forth -- a royal pain in the butt. I work from both my office and home, so this is a daily challenge.

 

Can the iPhoto library be backed up to the server? Will it also then work with our Time Machine?

 

If someone can get me pointed in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Sorry if I sound like a dummy, but this is all new to me.

 

Thanks in advance


iPhoto '11, OS X Server
  • 1. Re: several problems in one - iPhoto, Photoshop and using multiple computers
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    Accessing your photos is simple - see this user tip for details

     

    LN

  • 2. Re: several problems in one - iPhoto, Photoshop and using multiple computers
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,820 points)

    I'm trying to figure out how to effectively start using iPhoto in combination with Photoshop.

     

    There's only one way - set it as an external editor.

     

    But, I need to place images into my InDesign document and I don't know where to find them!

     

    For help accessing your photos in iPhoto see this user tip:

     

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4491

     

    But specifically, use a media browser.

     

     

    I also use an iMac at work and Macbook Pro at home and need to be able to ensure I always have all of the files on whichever computer I'm working on

     

    This part can be very tricky. The safest, surest and simple way is to put your Library on a portable hard disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and bring it with you.

     

    Can the iPhoto library be backed up to the server? Will it also then work with our Time Machine?

     

    iPhoto can be backed up to anything, but that's not much use for multi-site access. A back up is just that, not something that's edited except by updating the back up.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 3. Re: several problems in one - iPhoto, Photoshop and using multiple computers
    A breezy one Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Larry,

    I read many other posts and saw mention of the media browser, but was looking for it in the finder because the directions weren't clear. The post you've linked to made complete sense. I tried to place a photo into InDesign and it worked perfectly.

    Thanks again : )

  • 4. Re: several problems in one - iPhoto, Photoshop and using multiple computers
    A breezy one Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Awesome that you both referred me to the same post which was very helpful -- thank you!

     

    I had figured out how to set up Photoshop as the external editor.

     

    So Terence, you're saying I would back up the files and transfer as I have been doing with my data. Perhaps on a separate disk.

     

    I used a poor choice of words in my original question. I meant can the iPhoto library (both the originals and unedited photos) be stored on the server and accessed from either location?

     

    I can handle the external hard drive -- that's what I'm doing now, but if I could have everything finally running through the server that would make a huge difference, as well as allowing my two employees access to the photos without using airdrop to zip them to each other which is what we do now.

     

    I really appreciate the quick responses!

  • 5. Re: several problems in one - iPhoto, Photoshop and using multiple computers
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,820 points)

    I meant can the iPhoto library (both the originals and unedited photos) be stored on the server and accessed from either location?

     

    In theory, yes, but in practise I'm not sure.

     

    How would you access the images? Over the Internet? Folks who have tried this reported it as painfully slow.

     

    The fact is that iPhoto is a consumer app geared to the user with a point and shoot and who takes family snaps. It will do other things, yes, but it runs out of steam pretty fast once you get outside that comfort zone.

     

    In other words, iPhoto is not appropriate for a professional setting, and from your description you need a Server app like Extensis Portfolio.