I recently started using Photoshop CS6 to edit my photos from iPhoto 8.1.2. I've set up the preferences to use CS6 as my external editor, and "Use Raw when using external editor" (I am shooting raw format). The file opens fine in Adobe Bridge, I make my adjustments and bring it into Photoshop.
The problem comes when I try to save - previously, when I chose Save, CS6 knew to save the file back to the "Modified" folder in my iPhoto library. Now, it is saving it back to the "Originals" folder, along with an .xmp file, and of course the edited photo does not show up in iPhoto (neither in enlarged nor thumbnail views). If I choose Save As and try to save it to the Modified folder, I can't complete the path because the iPhoto library is a package and won't open in the Save As browser window.
How to get my save function back on track, so I can save directly back to Modified without having to import the files again?
Thanks for the replies; I had to hold off for a while and let the issue rest. Old Toad, your reply is full of great information, very helpful.
However in this case I beg to differ with both of you, it IS possible to edit RAW files from iPhoto in Photoshop and save them correctly - and directly - back to iPhoto.
The one setting I had changed between my sessions was in iPhoto > Preferences > Advanced, I had checked "Use RAW when using external editor". Somehow this changed the Save path from PS back to iPhoto, and the altered photo ended up in the Originals folder along with an .xmp file. I guess this makes sense; iPhoto is trying to keep the file in RAW format instead of creating a new JPEG. The only problem is that it never picks up on the new file in thumbnails or enlarged views.
Saving the edited file to another location and then re-importing to iPhoto, by the way, is not a good solution for me, as it also makes a mess of the iPhoto cataloging system.
So, my settings are now to set iPhoto to edit photos in Photoshop, and I have UN-checked "Use RAW when using external editor". After doing my editing on the RAW file in Bridge, I open it in Photoshop, click "Save", and make sure JPEG is selected as the format. Voilå - the edited photo is saved back to my Modified folder, shows up in thumbnails, etc., and can be retroverted to the original RAW format with the "Revert to original" button.
One last caveat, I am using iPhoto '09; not sure if this has all changed in later versions.