7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 1, 2013 11:11 AM by thoma2
Larry McJunkin Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

I know I can install PhotoShop Elements 11 and have iPhoto set it as the default editor in Preferences...but I'd like to hear from some who does this...and see if the workflow is OK.  Editing tools in iPhoto and Aperture are not near what they are in PhotoShop Elements 11 and I'm getting serious enough about my pictures to want them post processed.


Considering I'm using iPhoto as storage and PhotoShop Elements 11 as an editor...is there any need to get Aperture?  Aperture seems like more of a better storage solution than iPhoto..but it's editing tools are still lacking, so I'd have to use PS Elements anyway.  Thanks for any thoughts.

MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion, + 24-inch LED Cinema Display
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,305 points)

    basically iPhoto and Apeture are the same for storing photos


    Many users find PS uncessary with Aperture or only used for very special cases


    As to the workflow - it is fine


    And there is no need to ups iPhoto at all if you do not want to


    No one can tell you what is best for you - only you can determine that


    Not sure waht your question is other than you want someone else to make an impossible decission for you - we can tell you how to do thing in iPhoto - the Aperture forum can tell you how to do things in Aperture - there are Adobe forums that can help you with PS and PSE no one can tell you what is best for you



  • Larry McJunkin Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    @LarryHN: I know how to use iPhoto very well...I was simply looking for someone who used iPhoto in conjunction with PhotoShop Elements 11 to get their "personal" opinion since iPhoto is very limited in it's editing features.  I also know that Aperture is the same when it comes to storage...but Aperture doe not have nearly the editing features of PSE.  I am not looking for someone to make an impossible decision at all...I was merely looking for someone who used iPhoto with PSE to help "me" make a decision before I purchase PSE.  Thanks for your thoughts.

  • K2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I use PSE and love it.  That said, I isued PS before getting my first Mac.  It was much less expensive than purchasing Aperture and it has many more capabilities than the iPhoto version that came preinstalled on my MacBook. 

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (121,365 points)

    I may be preaching to the choir here but the following may be of interest 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:  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.


  • Larry McJunkin Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Thanks, Old Toad. I did know some of this but your reply enlightened me to several other things.

  • thoma2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Any help greatly appreciated.  When I save changes they are not reflected in Aperture.  I have followed these steps.  I start with Nikon Raw (AKA NEF).  Aperture creates a copy with PSD extension passes that to PSE 11.


    What am I missing?

  • thoma2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Please ignore.  It turns out that Quick Edit fails.  Guided and Expert changes do saved and are reflected in Aperture.  Only took 8 hours to solved.