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Fed Up with Aperture

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  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,405 points)
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    Aug 7, 2013 5:28 AM (in response to azartguy)


    it is hard to trouble shoot this, since Adobe PhotoShop CS4 is an older version, my version is CS6 now.

    But I remember, that CS4 used to work well with earlier Aperture 3 versions.

    What are your settings in Photoshop#s preferences in the File handling section of the preferences? Perhaps you could post a screenshot.


    And for a test - does Aperture recognize the file format, if you send a simple image back and forth to CS4 - a plain 8 bit  tiff or PSD without any layers?


    -- Léonie


    P.S. You are seeing the edited files in the Finder. So your originals are referenced? Does Preview open the edited PSD and Tiff files?

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,555 points)
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    Aug 7, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to azartguy)

    Jumping in briefly -- as long as you are trouble-shooting this, I suggest taking "color space" out of the equation.  I think this can be done by setting "Aperture➞Preferences➞Export➞External Editor Color Space" to "No Profile Selected".  Iirc, this lets the external editor set the color space.


    And just to give Leonie a hand she doesn't need -- here, Bruce, she is referring to the OS X built-in image-viewing program "Preview", which is different from the Aperture entity Previews.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,405 points)
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    Aug 7, 2013 2:28 PM (in response to azartguy)

    Your file handling settings are similar to mine, only I have disabled the thumbnails, but I doubt that would make a difference.

    I suppopse so, if you mean can I open it in Photoshop and "save" without layering. But I have to do something to the file (edit) or I can't use "save." And it goes back to Aperture in the same format as went out to CS4.

    O.K. - I meant something different. I wanted to know, if there is any kind of file at all, that can be edited successfully in PSCS4, if you are using it as external editor. Are there edits in PSCS4, that will not give the "unrecognized format"? If you do not return layers? Or are editing a jpeg instead of your raws?


    So your originals are referenced? I don't know what this means.


    I was wondering, how you could see the files in the Finder, that Photoshop returned.

    "Referenced" and "Managed" refers to to the way, how Aperture is storing its original image files.

    • Managed: Aperture stores the files inside the Aperture library package, so you cannot see them in the Finder, unless you open the Aperture library package.
    • Referenced:  Aperture stores the files in a folder outside the library in a separate folder, and you can browse the originals. By default your Aperture library will use the managed scheme.


    Preview: Thank you, Kirby, for coming back to this thread I am the intruder here!


    Brian, you are seeing your edited files in the Finder, and I wanted to be sure, that other MacOS X programs are able to recognize the format. That is why I suggested the test to open the edited files in the standard viewer "Preview". If that should also have trouble to open the file, then we would know, that something outside Aperture is problematic.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Aug 7, 2013 5:40 PM (in response to azartguy)

    I'm not an adobe user so I can;t test this but there seem to be some net rumblings about saving 16 bit tiffs from PS. As an experiment I would try setting the export value to 8 bit Tiffs.



  • DiploStrat Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
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    Aug 9, 2013 5:51 PM (in response to azartguy)

    Hmmm. Once upon a time, there was a problem with Aperture reading the file names of Adobe TIFF files. If memory services, Photoshop would export with a file suffix of .TIFF and Aperture would only read .TIF. (Or something like that.)


    I just tested:


    ** Aperture preference to 16 bit PSD


    ** Edit in Photoshop Elements 11


    ** When finished, close window in Elements. This provokes a prompt to save, accept as is.


    ** Edits appear in Aperture. The file can be reopened in Elements with the layers intact.


    When I do the same with a TIFF file, the edits do not appear and when reopened in Elements it has been flattened.


    I am running Aperture 3.4.5 and it looks like a bug to me. That said, .PSD is fine for what I need to do.


    Hope this helps.

  • VancrMarko Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 12:31 PM (in response to azartguy)

    Hi Guys:


    I have the latest version of Aperture and PS CS6.  I am shooting Nikon RAW (NEF) and I have my preferences set to export to CS6 as .psd.  I find that the first time I work on a file in CS6 and hit save, the altered file goes back to my Aperture project with the changes saved.  If I open that same psd file again to make more changes in CS6, when I save the second time the file "disappears".


    It doesn't really disappear though.  After having a couple of shots "vanish" I tried "Save As" in CS6.  When the dialog opened it showed the file path.  The original psd showed up in the aperture library as a picture in the project file.  All subsequent attempts to save it were in a subfile within the project file and somehow rendered invisible from within the Aperture project itself.


    My work around if I work on a psd a second time is to "Save As" and send the file to the Desktop.  From there I can import it into the Aperture project and it shows up.  Kinda painful.  Wish there was a fix.

  • e2photo Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 3:03 PM (in response to azartguy)

    A couple of thoughts


    1. Have you verified that your hard drive is ok using the Disk Utility program?


    2. When I export to Photoshop, I just click the close button and it asks if I want to save the changes.  I would be worried if in Photoshop you use the Save or Save As menu items as I am not quite sure where the saved file will go and how Aperture would track it. 


    3. What is the integrity of the saved Photoshop file and where do you save it.  Can you open it in PS and is it ok with the edits.  Same questions with Saved As use.

  • VancrMarko Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 26, 2013 6:44 PM (in response to azartguy)

    Kinda depressing.  I have been an Aperture guy since it was first introduced.  I've always felt like Photoshop was stitched to gether like Frankenstein's monster because, although it is incredibly powerful, it is so counter-intuitive and just seems to be one tool piled on another without any thought for continuity or clarity.  Having said that, I need it and Aperture is making me struggle to use it.


    Sometimes I feel like all Apple cares about now is phones and tablets.  Maybe it's time to switch, but I hope not.


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