Elements: How do I configure Elements as an extenal editor? (for use with Lightroom, Aperture, iPhoto)

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I am using the trial version of elements 10. I have my RAW images in iPhoto and in iPhoto preferences I select Elements as the external editor, edit in RAW and save edits as 16bit TIFF files. In the PSE start-up window, I set the default to open the editor. Now when I go to edit the image from iPhoto, PSE starts but there is no image in the window. What am I doing wrong? Is it because I am still in trial mode?

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Photoshop Elements Editor does not support 16 bit images.
Of course, Photoshop does.

- Ankur
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Save the files as 8-bit TIFF for compatibility for Photoshop Elements.
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Well, I unselected the "save edits as 16 bit TIFF files" and I tried it again. It duplicates the image in iPhoto and PSE opens and it is blank. Can I not use PSE as an external editor from within iPhoto?
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What do you mean PSE opens but it's blank? Do you mean the applications open but there's no file opened at all? Or the application opens and a blank document is open but the document window is blank?
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When you select the external editor in iPhoto's preferences, make sure you choose the "Photoshop Elements Editor" not the alias for Photoshop Elements (which launches the welcome screen):



More detailed instructions here:

http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elem...
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Paul,

One thing that you can try is opening the same file directly in Photoshop Elements Editor. If that file opens directly in PSE, it should open when you send it from iPhoto.

Also as Jeffrey said, use "Photoshop Elements Editor" not the alias for Photoshop Elements

- Ankur
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Bingo! Thanks Jeffrey. That was the issue. I was pointing to the alias and not the actual application
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Awesome. Thanks for the update. Happy editing.
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I have elected to edit photos from iphoto (on my iMac) in photoshop elements 9. When I click edit in iphoto, photoshop turns on to the welcome page, but the photo is nowhere to be found.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How to transfer photo from iphoto to elements.
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Please see 'Jeffrey Tranberry' official reply above in the thread.

- Ankur
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Thanks for giving me the right clue. I couldn't find any file that was called "photoshop editor" but I did find another option that worked. I am not clear as to the various titles. Thanks again.
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Great!! Have fun..!!
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I recently upgraded my Mac fro iPhoto 9 to iPhoto 11 and now I can't open a photo in PSE 8 by double clicking on the photo. The instructions provided in kb403605 don't work as the screen that opens (General) after opening iPhoto and choosing iPhoto > Preferences is not the same as with iPhoto 9. If I click on the Advanced tab, I see that I'm set to open PSE as normal, but it's not working. Is iPhoto 11 compatible with PSE 8 relative to opening a photo in PSE? The process I've evolved is positively painful!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Photoshop Elements: How do I open images in PSE 8 from iPhoto 11?.
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The way iPhoto 11 handles Photoshop Elements 8 as an external editor is completely the attribute of iPhoto. When PSE8 was released, iPhoto 11 wasn't around so it is difficult to say that it works fine with iPhoto 11.

Please raise the issue at iPhoto forums.

- Ankur
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I am using iphoto on my Mac to store pictures but want to use Elements 10 to edit my photos. I have set the preferences in iphoto to edit in Elements but when I select a picture in iphoto to edit, Elements opens but there is no image. How do I get the picture in Elements?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Editing iphoto pix in Elements 10.
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The answer provided above re the "extermnal editor" works and is correct. It just takes a little patience to get to that option.
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From Use Photoshop Elements with iPhoto | Mac OS:

Elements 10: Applications/Adobe Photoshop Elements 10/Support Files/Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor
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Hello,
We are having the same problem as many people here.
We are trying to use Elements Editor 10 for use on iPhoto. Or, maybe a better way to describe this: we open Editor 10 from the application (not the alias) - then we try to click on FILE / OPEN / click on PICTURES then iPHOTO Library... and we get an error:
"Could not complete your request because of a program error."
We have tried going into iPhoto, changed the Preferences / Advanced / default editor.. and when we do that, Editor 10 opens, but it's blank. It does NOT open any photo.
What else can we do?
Please advise.
Thank you!
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That is not how you make iPhoto and Photoshop Elements work. You cannot open your iPhoto library into Photoshop Elements. The iPhoto library is essentially a folder, it is not an image file that can be opened. But it is not a normal folder, so you cannot open it to see it's contents.

What you have to do is set up Photoshop Elements to be the external editing application for iPhoto. This will cause iPhoto to send your image to Photoshop Elements when you choose to edit it. When you are setting this up, make sure you are choose the correct application file (as illustrated in the screen shot at the top of this thread).
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What's the difference between Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor (also version 10)? I want to go directly to Photoshop from iPhoto when I click on edit. It words if I set Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor as the preferred editing program in iPhoto Preferences, but does not work if I set Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.

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What's the Difference??.
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I used to be able to open Photoshop elements as an external editor in my iPhoto. Since upgrading to Elements 10 despite having selected PSE 10 as my external editor in preferences, Elements 10 opens up but no image is displayed for editing.
I am at a loss as to what to do? I do hope someone out there will be able to help as this is very frustrating.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Failing to open an image from iPhoto to Elements 10 even thought external editor has been designated to PSE10.
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I am not sure if people here are being very careful with their terminology. In iPhoto, clicking on "edit" can be set to open either in iPhoto or in some other program (by managing iPhoto preferences). Most of us prefer (I think) to use iPHoto for the every-day photo editing.
That being said, it is great to use Adobe Photoshop Elements as an "external editor". Right clicking on photos in iPhoto allows us to then choose to use this other program when desired.
I too have just upgraded to the newer version of Adobe Photoshop Elements, and am having trouble using it as an external editor. Same problem as described.

I do not want to use the adobe program as my every-day, every-photo editor. But now I can't even get my iPhoto photos to go into it.

I too, would love to know what step I am missing!

help!
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Did you follow the steps above? If so, what happens when you try to use PSE as the external editor?
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Great easy solution! Chatted with Adobe and actually wasted my time when they could have pointed right this. Thanks
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How do I choose PSE10 as the external editor in iPhoto. I also have PSE9 on my computer and it keeps going to that one.
When I go to preferences in iPhoto and then Advanced, then "edit photo in",
the only thing that comes up is Photoshop Elements. It doesn't give me the choice of 9 or 10.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
How to choose PSE10 as external editor in iPhoto.
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I have Photoshop Elements 9, iPhoto 11 (version 9.4.2) and OS 10.7.5.
I want to be able to edit RAW images using PSE only when required - otherwise iPhoto. (i.e. image by image - by right clicking on the iPhoto image and selecting either "Edit in External Editor" to get PSE9 - or "Edit in iPhoto")
I cannot apply Jeffrey Tranberry's advice to select "Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor" as I can't find it from iPhoto / Preferences / Advanced. Hence the selected image does not appear in the PSE window when it opens - (I am clicking on an Alias?)
Advice please.
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Are you selecting "In application..." to bring up the Finder window to select "Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor" (like in my earlier screen shot?

You probably also want to make sure "Use raw when using external editors" is checked.
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anyone having trouble opening from apeture 3 photo into Photoshop elements 12? Apple checked out apeture and it is working correct but I cannot get photo to go over to PElements from aperture using external editor . I have to manually drag to desktop and then drag photo into PE. did update to 12.1 and it did not help. Would like to talk to real person at adobe. Probably won't buy anymore of their products. Elements crashing frequently. I have a new maverick desktop 10.9.3.
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Thanks for your response which, unfortunately, I was not able to follow as I could not locate “Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor” from the finder window after selecting “iPhoto / Preferences / Advanced”. Maybe because I have PSE9 and your original advice was written for PSE10?

My local Apple Reseller, Farpoint Developments, here in Bath, UK, came to the rescue. {I am nothing more than one of their satisfied customers}.

Down the phone their expert told me to hold command (⌘) and click on the blue rectangular PSE icon from the dock & then drag the icon into the right side of that finder window. The next step is to drag the icon to the left side of the finder window. It changed to “Adobe Photoshop Elements.App”. Then click on “Adobe Photoshop Elements.App”. (Please note that this .app program was not what iPhoto chose to point to when I originally selected it by clicking on the drop down menu next to “Edit Photos...”).

Job done. I now find that when “iPhoto / Preferences / Advanced” is selected, “In Adobe Photoshop Elements 9” appears alongside “Edit Photos”.

It does work:- A RAW image from iPhoto can be imported into the PSE workspace as a RAW image, when required OR I can edit in iPhoto if that will suffice. That choice is made from the menu resulting from right clicking on the iPhoto image.

{There's no sign of “Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor” in this setting up procedure}.