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Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)

This is a lesson for Mac users only. If you've been using iPhoto to manage and edit your photos on a Mac and you'd like to switch over to Elements instead, here's how you can import your existing photos directly from the latest version of iPhoto, which is iPhoto eleven, to the Organizer in Elements eleven. Here, you can see iPhoto on my computer where I've already imported some photos and I've used some iPhoto organizational features like Albums to manage my photos inside of iPhoto. Those organizational techniques won't come along with these photos when I import them to Elements.

Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)

This is a lesson for Mac users only. If you've been using iPhoto to manage and edit your photos on a Mac and you'd like to switch over to Elements instead, here's how you can import your existing photos directly from the latest version of iPhoto, which is iPhoto eleven, to the Organizer in Elements eleven. Here, you can see iPhoto on my computer where I've already imported some photos and I've used some iPhoto organizational features like Albums to manage my photos inside of iPhoto. Those organizational techniques won't come along with these photos when I import them to Elements.

So, I do want to import the photos to Elements so that I can organize them there and edit them there. I'll switch over to Elements. And here, in my Elements Organizer, I'll go to the Import button. If you have an iPhoto Library on your computer, you should see a From iPhoto item in this menu. I'll choose From iPhoto and Elements quickly imports copies of all my photos that were in iPhoto over here into the Elements Organizer. Right now, we're just looking at that last import to see the same photos along with all the other photos in my personal Catalog, I'll click the Back button and I'll Scroll down, so you can see the photos here that I just imported from iPhoto.

Over in the Folders panel, you'll see these new folders with numerical names. Photos that were imported to iPhoto originally at different times appear here in Elements My Folders panel in different folders. Now, those folders don't correspond to iPhoto events, they correspond to iPhoto import dates. If you don't like these folder names, you're welcome to rename these folders by right-clicking on a folder here in my Folders view and choosing Rename Folder, as I'll show you how to do later in the course. And later in the course, I'll show you how you can move photos between folders so you're not stuck with these odd folders that come in from iPhoto.

I mentioned that when you import photos from iPhoto to Elements, iPhoto features like Albums, don't come over into Elements with those photos. Of course, you're welcome to make your own albums in Elements, as I'll show you how to do later in this course. But if you've spent lots of time back in iPhoto organizing your features into Albums and using other iPhoto techniques to manage your photos, you may want to continue to manage your photos in iPhoto, but take advantage of the great editing features here in Elements. And you can do that.

Let me show you another technique that will allow you to do that. So, let's assume that I haven't imported these photos into Elements organizer. I'm going to go back to iPhoto now. And in iPhoto, I'll go up to the iPhoto item in the Menu bar and from there I'll choose Preferences. In iPhoto's Preferences window, I'll go the Advanced tab. I'll go to the Edit Photos field and from the drop-down menu, I'll switch to whatever is the second entry in that menu--that might be a specific program, or in this case, it's Photoshop, or it might say other.

I'll choose that menu item, I want to navigate to Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor. Here's where it is. It's in the Applications folder. Here, inside Adobe Photoshop Elements eleven and inside the Support Files subfolder, there you'll find Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor. Select that and then click Open. And that sets iPhoto to edit photos in Elements Editor, not here in iPhoto. To show you how that works out, close the preferences by clicking this red button and I'll select a photo here in iPhoto, and then I'll go down to the bottom of the iPhoto window and I'll click Edit.

One of the nice things about Elements Editor is that it offers several different editing workspaces according to your level of expertise. Let's go to the simple Guided Edit Workspace, and here, I'm going to go to the Enhance Colors touch up. And just to do something that we can really see, I'm going to take that Hue slider and drag it all the way over to the left to give this photo a sort of psychedelic look, and then I'll click Done. Now I want to save the photo, so I'll go to the File menu and I'll chose Save. In the Save As dialog that opens, it's important not to change the Save As or the Where or the Format menus, because I want to save over the original photo so that iPhoto can recognize the changes.

I'll make sure that Include In The Elements Organizer is not checked, because the whole purpose of this technique is to manage the edited file not in the Elements Organizer but in Apple's iPhoto. So, I'll click Save and I'll click Replace. In the JPEG options, I'll just click okay and then I'll close the photo by clicking this X. Now, I'm going to go back to iPhoto. And as you can see, iPhoto has recognized the changes that I just made to this photo in Elements. And by the way, if you don't like this change, you can always go back to the original photo in iPhoto by going up to the Photos menu and choosing Revert To Original, but I'll leave things as they are for now.

So now you have two ways to go if you've been using iPhoto and you want to switch to Elements. You can either bring your photos into Elements Organizer and then do everything, organizing and editing in Elements from now on as I showed you at the beginning of this movie. Or you can use the second technique that I showed you here if you want to continue to manage your photos in iPhoto so you can keep your existing albums and other organizational features there, but take advantage of the excellent editing features in Elements. And by the way, if you prefer to use Adobe Lightroom to organize your photos but you like to edit them in Elements, you can do that, too.

And I explain how in another one of my lynda.com courses, Using Lightroom and Photoshop Together.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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