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Help moving from PSE to iPhoto

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Jul 7, 2013 8:03 PM

I just switched from PC to Mac and am moving my photo library from Photoshop Elements to iPhoto.  I read that to keep my keyword tags from PSE all I should have to do is write the tags to metadata from Photoshop Elements, then when I import in iPhoto it should see all the tags.


Well I wrote all the tags to metadata from within Photoshop Elements.  I confirmed this worked by viewing the metadata of all the picture files.  They correctly show up as keyword tags.  I imported all 22,000 pictures into iPhoto at one time.  That all worked, but none of the photos show up as having keywords.  Did I do something wrong?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 11:30 PM (in response to bdresch)

    It depends on where exactly PSE wrote the tags to. What field in the metadata did it use?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 8:28 AM (in response to bdresch)

    Click where indicated below:


    Screen Shot 2013-07-08 at 16.25.52.png


    Does that help?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,135 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 10:09 AM (in response to bdresch)

    FYI:  if you plan on using PSE as an external editor from inside iPhoto the following may be of help to you:


    Using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements as Your Editor of Choice in iPhoto.


    1 - select Photoshop or Photoshop Elememts as your editor of choice in iPhoto's General Preference Section's under the "Edit photo:" menu.




    2 - double click on the thumbnail in iPhoto to open it in Photoshop.  When you're finished editing click on the Save button. If you immediately get the JPEG Options window make your selection (Baseline standard seems to be the most compatible jpeg format) and click on the OK button. Your done. 


    3 - however, if you get the navigation window



    that indicates that  PS wants to save it as a PS formatted file.  You'll need to either select JPEG from the menu and save (top image) or click on the desktop in the Navigation window (bottom image) and save it to the desktop for importing as a new photo.


    This method will let iPhoto know that the photo has been editied and will update the thumbnail file to reflect the edit..


    NOTE: With Photoshop Elements  the Saving File preferences should be configured as shown:



    I also suggest the Maximize PSD File Compatabilty be set to Always.  In PSE’s General preference pane set the Color Picker to Apple as shown:



    Note 1: screenshots are from PSE 10


    Note:  to switch between iPhoto and PS or PSE as the editor of choice Control (right)-click on the thumbnail and select either Edit in iPhoto or Edit in External Editor from the contextual menu. If you use iPhoto to edit more than PSE re-select iPhoto in the iPhoto General preference pane. Then iPhoto will be the default editor and you can use the contextual menu to select PSE for your editor when desired.




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 11:17 AM (in response to bdresch)

    Now I feel dumb. I had to go to view and turn keywords on. Now they show. Thanks!

    No reason to feel dumb! You found the option!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Jul 8, 2013 12:16 PM (in response to bdresch)

    We all have many, many such moments ...


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