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Importing photos from an iPhoto library

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Video: Importing photos from an iPhoto library

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.

Importing photos from an iPhoto library

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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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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