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
@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.
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.