13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2013 1:59 PM by Seafire123
Seafire123 Level 1 (0 points)

Uploaded some photos on my new Apple Mini (I'm converting from Windows to Mac) and they uploaded fine - but then I couldn't see how to get them from iphoto into Photoshop to edit them. Surely they must automatically save but if so, where??

Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • den.thed Level 7 (25,992 points)

    Try Exporting them from iPhoto, using the iPhoto > File > Export menu to Photoshop.


    If that doesn't work, then from Photoshop try Importing them into Photoshop from your User Picture Folder.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,077 points)

    In the iPhoto preferences set PS as teh external editor (edit in ==> select PS) and when you double click to edit iPhoto will open PS and pass the photo to it for editing - when editing is complete save (not save as) to return the edited version to iPhoto and update the iPhoto database


    If you want to normally edit in iPhoto and occasionally in PS once you have set PS as the external editor change the edit in back to iPhoto and not normal editing will be in iPhoto - right click on a photo and you can select PS as the editor


    @den.thed - that is not the correct way to use an external editor with iPhoto



  • den.thed Level 7 (25,992 points)

    Thanks LarryHN, I never realize that until you used a 2x4 to get thru.


    How to make iPhoto JPEG files open in Adobe Camera Raw | lynda.com | lynda.blog


    Using Adobe Photoshop CS6 to edit iPhoto images - YouTube


    It's amazing what a little bump on the head will do!

  • Seafire123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you - I still haven't taken any more shots to check that it's solved the problem, but I'm sure it has - good to have the link to the community when I need it!

  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,077 points)




  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,487 points)

    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.



  • Seafire123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks - I went through this but didn't get very far, because the only options iPhoto offers me as an editor is, iPhoto itself, Mail, and Microsoft Outlook (duh). Your options - that it opens in the main window, separate window, or in Photoshop, don't figure at all.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,077 points)

    What version of iPhoto do you have?


    Assuming iPhoto '11 the selection is in the iPhoto preferences ==> advanced - Edit in


    And you choose between iPhoto and an external editor - if there is a previous external editored selecte reselect it and a new seletion window will open when you select the editor your want - depending on what version of PhotoShop you have the correct program to select may be a bit tricky to find


    You really need to provide full informatin including versions of software you are referenceing since there are differences between different versions



  • Seafire123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hadn't realised that. I do have '11 and I had put Photoshop into the iPhoto preferences already, from the first suggestion. So hopefully it'll work now.


    Steep learning curve finding out about all this stuff. I have to say some of it isn't particularly useful - e.g. having to use Image Capture instead of Epson Scan, as Mountain Lion doesn't recognise Epson Scan. So I'm back to using Windows to scan stuff in - not exactly what I hoped for when I bought an Apple.


    But thank you very much for your help, I do appreciate it.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,077 points)

    For my scanner I can scan from the printer driver directly or using preview - a brother multipurpose printer/scanner/fax/copier - and I think Image capture but I've not actually used it



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,487 points)

    No, you're looking at the email client selection.  Look in the iPhoto/Advanced preference pane:


  • Seafire123 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's now working fine. Thanks again.

  • Seafire123 Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately Epson Scan doesn't work with Mountain Lion - or at least, it doesn't seem to (Epson said it had to be an update for my particular scanner but when I did that, the scanner and the system wouldn't talk to each other. It may be I've not done the update properly, so I'll talk to Epson first before doing something radical like paying for something like VueScan.