The new Edit With command allows you to send a picture to another image editor, such as Photoshop. In this video, Derrick shows how to work with the Edit With command in Photos for macOS High Sierra.
- [Instructor] The Edit With command in Photos for MacOS High Sierra, is a pretty useful tool. It's a little different than editing extensions, in the sense that when you send your image out via Edit With, you're not always exactly sure what's going to happen. Whereas editing extensions are pretty predictable, and I'll show you how that works. First of all, you get to the Edit With command before you go into editing mode in Photos. And it's actually up here, you go to image, and then you come down to Edit With.
And there it is right there. Now I asked about this, and the answer is, the reason why we didn't put it in the editing interface, is because we thought it'd be confusing. So it is outside the editing interface, just so you know where you are and what's going on. That being said, well let's take a look and see how it works. So I would imagine that for a lot of folks, they'll use Edit With Photoshop, so let's try that. So here we have our image, and let's go up to Image. And then we're going to come down here to Edit With, and we have a popup menu.
And I'm looking for, well, I don't see Photoshop here. I have all sorts of other stuff. No Photoshop. So I can go down to other, takes me to my applications folder, and I will choose Photoshop right there. Now in the case of Photoshop, I think this is one of the better scenarios for using Edit With. And I'll show you why in a second, let's just go ahead and take our image, and we'll make it black and white so we can tell there's a real difference here.
And we'll use a preset. Let's see, not that one. (mumbles) how those red filters, the liners should get light. Yeah, let's do that. That's kind of fun. Okay, so we'll do that, and go ahead and click OK. And then, while we're here, let's go to sharpen. And let's just give it a smart sharpen. I'll just jack it up just a little bit more. Click OK.
Alrighty, so there we go. So now in Photoshop, and one of the reasons why I like Photoshop with Edit With, is because it works. So if I go to file, and I go to save right here, set my parameters. Those look good. Now at first, you may think, "Well, "nothing really happened. "Because here we are, the image is still here." And that is true. So we'll go ahead and minimize Photoshop, and here we are back in Photos, and our image is in Photos also.
Very interesting, isn't it? Now, this is what's fascinating to me. If I'm going to hit the return key, you go to Edit, I get this message. You've opened this photo in another application. If you edit the item in Photos before you are done in the other app, you will lose any unsaved adjustments. Yada yada yada. Are you done editing in the other application? Well, we are cause we hit save, but it's still open. But I guess we could do more work and hit save again. So in this case then, I'm going to say yes I'm done in the other application.
Okay, so there we go. Now let's see what happens if we press the M key. We still can see the original, and we still can revert to original, right here. And we still can keep editing with these tools here. But for now, I'm just going to go ahead and click done, and return to our library. Let's open up Photoshop again real quick. So what's interesting is as Photos told us, the shot is still open in Photoshop, so I'm just going to go ahead and close it there right now.
And then we'll minimize Photoshop and come back to Photos. So you notice that, let's pick another shot here, that when I tapped Edit With before, we had all these other applications, and I've played with many of them. For instance, I really like DxO FilmPack 5. I've played with that. Alien Exposure. But for instance on these two, they're good examples of how things can be different. Photos when (mumbles) sent them over to those apps, that wasn't a problem.
I worked on them in those apps. That wasn't a problem. But when it came time to save, those apps wanted me to either save or export somewhere else, such as the desktop. And didn't save the image back to photos. So in those cases, if I use those, then I would have to import the finished product back into photos. Now I haven't tested everything that's on my computer here, but the testing that I have done, Photoshop works the best, and it works the way that I just showed you.
And then, the other applications, you just have to try 'em out and see how they go. You can always bring the image back in if you wish. So that's a look at Edit with, and it does allow you to tap other image editing applications. I still recommend that if you want that kind of functionality, go with the editing extensions route, because I think it's just cleaner. But it's nice to have this for those applications that don't have editing extensions, such as Photoshop.
Still using OS X El Capitan and its older version of Photos, Photos for OS X? You may want to check out Derrick's Photos for OS X Essential Training course instead of this one.
- Exploring the Photos user interface
- Importing images from a camera and a hard drive
- Creating your own filters with keywords
- Duplicating images for creative editing
- Working with metadata
- Creating, deleting, and duplicating albums
- Organizing albums within folders
- Cropping, rotating, and straightening photos
- Working with light and color adjustments
- Using editing extensions
- Searching for pictures by location
- Working with video and live photos
- Exporting images from Photos
- Managing libraries