iPhoto External Editor

Rather use Photoshop to edit your iPhoto images? You can set an external editor by going to iPhoto, Preferences, General and then changing the setting for “Edit photo.” Then when you click on the Edit button in iPhoto, your application will launch and you can make changes to the photo. Save and close and you’ll find those changes back in iPhoto. You can even choose Photos, Revert to Original just as you could with plain iPhoto editing. Since applications like Photoshop actually allow you to make changes to the photo, not just adjustments, this can be a lot more powerful than editing in iPhoto. ANd it is a lot easier than exporting the photo, opening it up in Photoshop, making changes, and then brining it back into iPhoto or storing it elsewhere.

Comments: 6 Responses to “iPhoto External Editor”

    5/19/11 @ 5:55 pm

    Hi there,
    I did what you wrote above and it works but iPhoto does not see any changes after editing a photo in Camera Raw and clicking Done. Can you please give me some more tips on how I can solve this problem (see edited/changed photo in IPhoto)?

      5/19/11 @ 6:03 pm

      Not sure. I haven’t run into any problems doing this before. But I rarely edit in an external editor.

    5/19/11 @ 6:14 pm

    Do you have any ideas where I can find some solutions for this problem? It’s annoying me and funny thing is when I save a photo on desktop after editing in Camera Raw I can see all changes.

    I will be grateful for any assistance


      5/19/11 @ 6:16 pm

      Well, which external editor are you using?

    5/19/11 @ 6:25 pm

    Photoshop CS5 Extended ;-)

      5/19/11 @ 7:00 pm

      I don’t use RAW format, but I just tried editing using iPhoto 11, edit in external editor, and then my external editor was set to Photoshop CS5. second copy of the photo was created in iPhoto right away. I then altered it in Photoshop. Then hit Save, and was prompted for JPG options. I OKed those and then closed the document in Photoshop. Back in iPhoto I saw the second copy of the photo had been altered. The original was still there, unaltered.

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