9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 1, 2013 2:22 PM by cbraunc
cbraunc Level 1 (0 points)

I have an imac running version 10.8.4. my iphoto suddenly will not open, I get an error msg and did as was instructed, but no results. Here's msg:


"Your photo library is either in use by another application or has become unreadable


Shut down and restart your computer, and then open iPhoto again. If the problem persists, try rebuilding your photo library. To do this, quit iPhoto, and then reopen it while keeping the Option and Command keys pressed. You can also try restoring your photo library from a backup."




iMac(Early2009), Mac OS X (10.6.2), Macbook
  • LarryHN Level 9 (74,375 points)

    I get an error msg and did as was instructed,

    And did you get exactly the same results when you followed each instruction?


    1 - shut down and restart - then open iPhoto again


    2 - Try rebuilding your iPhoto library - what options did you choose and what were the results


    3 - restore your library from a backup from before the  problem occured



  • cbraunc Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey, thanks....I selected the 'rebuild iPhoto Library' option...worked like a charm. Can view iPhoto Library in iMovie and iTunes as well. Just a couple lingering problems:


    1. When viewing in Mac HD window, iPhoto Library appears as just a white blank icon, doesn't have the iPhoto icon.


    2. Cannot import, open, or view Library in Photoshop, it's greyed out in  dialog window.

    However, I can drag photos from opened iPhoto Library into Photoshop, but that's a pain.


    I've restarted a couple times, but didn't help, any ideas?

  • LarryHN Level 9 (74,375 points)

    Cannot import, open, or view Library in Photoshop, it's greyed out in  dialog window.

    However, I can drag photos from opened iPhoto Library into Photoshop, but that's a pain.

    That is because you are doing it incorrectly


    you can set PS as the extrenal editor for iPhoto in the iPhoto preferences - then editing in PS and saving (not save as) will properly update the iphoto lbruary


    you can properly access the photos in the iPhoto library using the media browser in the lower left ahnd corner of the open window under media ==> photos ==> iPhoto



  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,235 points)
    Cannot import, open, or view Library in Photoshop


    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.



  • cbraunc Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again, hate to be a PAIN, but iPhoto Library still appears as a blank greyed-out icon when trying to import into PhotoShop...


    and when I click iPhoto Library from desktop it opens up in iMovie

  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,235 points)

    You don't import into Photoshop.  If you set up Photoshop as I explained in my previous post you can Command (right)-click on the thumbnail of the photo and select "Open in External Editor" from the contextual menu.


    That will open the photo  in Photoshop.  Just be sure to follow the instructions I posted so the edtied version will be recognized by iPhoto.


    Does the iPhoto application in the Applications folder have the correct icon? 


    Launch Disk Utility and repair disk permissions.  Then boot into Safe Mode, Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode, and reboot normally.  See if there's any improvement.

  • cbraunc Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok I did everything you suggested above, but things still aren't as they were before. I'm happy to have iPhoto Library back. so I'll have to settle for that.


    The library is still greyed-out when I try "open" it in PhotoShop. I have always been able to go into PhotoShop, select "Open", then select Pictures in Favorites, and access pictures that way. That isn't happening anymore.


    Also, previously, when I clicked on the iPhoto Library icon itself, it  did NOT open up iMovies. (?)


    to answer your question, the iPhoto icon looks normal in Applications, but in Favorite-Pictures- it's a blank icon.


    Thanks again

  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,235 points)

    If there is no extension on that blank icon add this extension to the library:  .photolibrary

  • cbraunc Level 1 (0 points)

    YAY!!! That worked!!! Thank UUUUUU!!!