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Distorting photos when uploaded

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JA8193 Calculating status...
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Feb 6, 2013 11:52 AM

In iPhoto, I use an external editor (Pixelmator) to edit my photos. When I crop photos and then save the original document it goes into iPhoto. But then, when I upload, and I've tried with Facebook + Flickr, it is completely stretched / distorted. I think that it is the same dimensions as the uncropped photo but the cropped photo is being shown all stretched. It doesn't do it if I upload the same file through the Facebook website.


How can I stop this from happening?


Thanks in advance,


MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 1:09 PM (in response to JA8193)

    Does it happen to photos that have not been edited with Picelmator?



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,710 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 3:23 PM (in response to JA8193)

    1. You don't need to use iPhoto to upload to anywhere. If you don't like it, and don't want lossless processing, just don't use it.


    2. As to the core issue: It's an oddity. You're the only person reporting this. So it's unlikely to be an systemic issue with either app.


    As a Test:



    Hold down the option (or alt) key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'



    Import a few pics into this new, blank library. Is the Problem repeated there?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 3:37 PM (in response to JA8193)

    Have you tried using Pixelmator as the external editor from inside iPhoto?  The following explais how (Note:  you would use Pixelmator just like you would PS or PSE as far as how you save the edited version, i.e. with the same extension/format and file name):


    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.

  • Jose Febus Calculating status...
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    Feb 8, 2013 5:23 PM (in response to JA8193)

    I use Snapseed as the External Editor and about 25% of the uploads to FaceBooks get distorted...

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 5:42 PM (in response to Jose Febus)

    It's beginning to look like the problem may rest at the Facebook end of the pipe.


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