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Another method of using an external editor in iPhoto Apps
I wasn't happy with the red eye editing in iPhoto, so I bought Photoshop Elements 6, which gives much better results. One thing I discovered is that with iPhoto open, I can drag a photo onto Elements in the dock, do the red eye adjustment, save it, and the newly-adjusted photo appears directly where it was in iPhoto. The original can still be reverted, too.

[robg adds: iPhoto offers, of course, the Edit Photo pop-up in the General section of its preferences, where you can specify any image editing program to use when editing a photo. I wasn't aware, however, that you could (successfully) drag-and-drop an image from iPhoto to a program in the dock.]
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Another method of using an external editor in iPhoto
Authored by: umijin on Nov 17, '08 08:23:49AM

Work in iPhoto 06 too? Or just iPhoto 08?



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Another method of using an external editor in iPhoto
Authored by: adrianm on Nov 17, '08 08:49:51AM

Does it edit the original or make a copy first?

Just wondering if this needs a warning to those people that like the 'revert to original' option...

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Another method of using an external editor in iPhoto
Authored by: Old Toad on Nov 17, '08 10:13:20AM
The following will let you use PSE from within iPhoto and retain the revert to original functionality of iPhoto.

Using Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) as Your Editor of Choice in iPhoto.

1 - select Photoshop 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 6 the Saving File preferences should be configured: "On First Save: Save Over Current File". Also I suggest the Maximize PSD File Compatabilty be set to Always. If you want to use both iPhoto's editing mode and PS without having to go back and forth to the Preference pane, once you've selected PS as your editor of choice, reset the Preferences back to "Open in main window". That will let you either edit in iPhoto (double click on the thumbnail) or in PS (Control-click on the thumbnail and seledt "Edit in external editor" in the Contextual menu). This way you get the best of both worlds 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.

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Another method of using an external editor in iPhoto
Authored by: Tim.Lance on Nov 17, '08 02:52:16PM

Drag>Drop works with GraphicConverter, too. It's not perfect. YMMV but in my case the smaller image in iPhoto's viewer does not change. Double-click it to get into edit mode and what was changed in GC is there. Export it and the same. There is no undo nor revert to original. But still, knowing limitations and working from a copy, valuable.



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Another method of using an external editor in iPhoto
Authored by: shoregeek on Nov 17, '08 04:09:31PM

Not iPhoto related, but you can drag an image from a web browser to the Photoshop icon in the dock, and have it open in Photoshop (or whatever app you drag it to).

Works with text as well (for me it works with Keynote and TextEdit).

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