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This is a movie for Mac users only. Some of you may have used Apple's program iPhoto to import and manage your digital photos in the past. But since the standard version of Elements 10 on the Mac has its own Organizer, it makes sense to use Elements' Organizer rather than iPhoto to manage your photos. That way you can do both your organizing and editing in one program, in Elements. So here's how to bring your iPhoto library into the Organizer in Elements 10 so that you can manage those photos in Elements from now on.
First, make sure that you're using the current version of iPhoto, iPhoto 11, which I have here, or an up-to-date copy of the last version of iPhoto, iPhoto 9. Here in iPhoto I've clicked on Photos over here in the column on the left so that you can see my entire library of photos. This is a really small library, but I want to bring all these photos into my copy of Elements 10 Organizer. So I'm going to switch over to the Organizer, which I've already launched, and in the Elements Organizer, I'm going to go up to the File menu and I'll choose Get Photos and Videos. And then I'll move over to this submenu.
If you do have an iPhoto library on your Mac, you'll see an item here from iPhoto. I'm going to select that. The Organizer is telling me that it's going to try to import the photos from iPhoto, so I'll click OK, and it goes ahead and does that. If you have a larger iPhoto library than I do, that import process may take a little longer. I'm going to click OK to dismiss the message, which is just telling me that the items that I can now see in the Media Browser in the Organizer are those that I've just imported, so I'll click OK.
And here are all the photos from my iPhoto in my Elements' Organizer. By the way when you import photos from iPhoto to Elements' Organizer like this, the Organizer makes a copy of each photo and it puts those in your Pictures folder, several levels down, in some Adobe folders. Now that all these photos are in my Elements Organizer, I'm going to use the Organizer rather than iPhoto to organize and manage them just as I would any photos that I bring into my Organizer. Now let's shift gears and talk about another way that iPhoto and Elements work together.
You may decide that you want to combine the programs, using iPhoto to organize your photos and using Elements' Editor to edit them. One reason you might want to do that is you're using the Mac App Store Editor- only version of Elements 10, which doesn't have its own Organizer. Or if you have the Standard version of Elements 10 you might want to take advantage of Elements' powerful Editor, but you don't care for Element's Organizer. In both cases you'll want to set up Elements Editor as the default external editor for iPhoto like this.
In iPhoto I'll go up to the iPhoto menu and I'll choose Preferences. In the iPhoto Preferences window, I'll click on the Advanced tab. Here I'll go to the Edit Photos menu and I'll change Edit Photos from In iPhoto to the next item, and yours may read differently than mine. When I select that item I'll navigate to my Applications folder, and then I'm going to scroll down and I'm going to find my Elements Editor. If you're working with the Mac App Store Editor-only version of Elements 10, select Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor.app.
If you're working with the Standard version of Elements 10, expand the Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 folder by clicking this arrow, and then expand the Support Files folder by clicking this arrow, and select Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor.app here. I'm going to select that and click Open. I want to change one more preference here. Because some of the photos that I have in iPhoto are RAW photos, I want to make sure that when I edit those photos in Elements that they open into Elements RAW Editor, Camera Raw, so I'm going to check Use RAW when using external editor. And then I'll close these preferences by clicking the red button.
Now let's say that I want to edit a photo. I'll select it here in iPhoto and I'll go down to the Edit button at the bottom of iPhoto and click. And that switches me over to Adobe Photoshop Elements' Editor with that photo open and ready for editing here. I'm going to convert this photo from color to black and white, which is really obvious change that we'll be able to see back in iPhoto. To do that I'll go up to be Enhance menu and I'll choose Convert to Black and White, and then I'll click OK. Now it's important that I save this edited photo with the same name in the same place, so I will go to the File menu in the Elements Editor and I'll choose Save.
I'll make sure that Include in the Elements Organizer is unchecked because in this scenario I'm using iPhoto to organize and manage my photos. I'll make sure the name of the photo is the same as the one I was just editing, and then I'll click Save. I'll choose to replace the photo that already exists, I'll leave my JPEG options at their defaults for now, and I'll click OK. Now I'm going to switch back to iPhoto, and here you can see in iPhoto the edited version of this photo, with the changes that I made to it in Elements' Editor.
So those are two different ways that Mac users can work with iPhoto and Elements: switching photo management from iPhoto to Elements' Organizer and using Elements' Editor as an external editor for iPhoto.
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