6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2014 12:42 PM by drfa RSS

    Problem with importing IPHOTO into Elements 11 organizer.

    drfa

      I am using Adobe photoshop elements 11 Classroom in a book and am not able to reproduce the Import from IPHOTO dialog box when I choose Import from IPHOTO with the organizer "Import" drop down menu, or from the file, Import from menu on the task bar. In both cases, when I choose this option, Organizer shows a small dialog box with only one button (to cancel) and then attempts to import the enitre Iphoto library without any opportunity to select only a part or specific album. In the classroom in a book, it shows a different dialog box with the option to select any part or parts of the library. How to do I get the more comprehensive dialbog box to appear? Anyone else have this problem. BTW, I did the latest upgrade to Photoshop elements 11 and organizer 11, to no effect on this problem. Thanks for any help with this.

        • 1. Re: Problem with importing IPHOTO into Elements 11 organizer.
          Barbara B. CommunityMVP

          Evidently CIAB hasn't been properly updated in quite a while, since that was only true for the very first version to have a from iphoto command. What you are seeing is exactly how it works in the last couple of versions of PSE. If you want to import just a few photos, export them from iphoto, put them where you want to keep them and use "from files and folders" to import them. You do know that you can set PSE as your external editor for iphoto?

          • 2. Re: Problem with importing IPHOTO into Elements 11 organizer.
            drfa Community Member

            Barbara B

             

            Thank you for this. I was going bonkers trying to sort this out. My IPHOTO library has over 10K images and I really do not want them all in the elements catalog, so your suggestion seems like the best way to go. Making duplicates of the best images is always a good idea anyway, but it does involve more steps. I still like using IPHOTO to do basic editing, so I will keep it for my primary editor in IPHOTO for now, but that may change in the future as I become more competent with Photoshop elements. Thanks again for the help and for preserving my sanity, or at least what is left of it.

            Fred

            • 3. Re: Problem with importing IPHOTO into Elements 11 organizer.
              Barbara B. CommunityMVP

              You do know that organizer is totally voluntary, right? You can just export the images and use file>open in the PSE editor if you don't want to Organize the photos.

              • 4. Re: Problem with importing IPHOTO into Elements 11 organizer.
                drfa Community Member

                Barb

                 

                Yes, I do know that, and in fact, that is how I have been using elements for about a year now. However, I got the Classroom in a book for xmas (my son was tired of fielding all my questions!) and as I work through it, I am now seeing all of the potential for photo searching that I have more or less been missing with IPHOTO. I am not ready to abandon IPHOTO, but am wondering if I am missing a good bet here by not using elements to its full potential. For example, I am often comparing photos taken with different camera and lens combination or at different times of the year. Finding these images can be difficult in IPHOTO unless you create lots of albums, one for each camera or lens combination or location, not to mention all the other categories I use. That is where I am now and it is getting very cumbersome. I have tried using labels and file naming, but all of this is tedious, so maybe Elements will ultimately be a more sensible solution. My other rub with IPHOTO is the fact that it creates a duplicate image in its library, which is OK, but now the amount of storage of all images is getting massive. At least with elements, the original image remains intact and only a reference to it's location (and any edit changes) are stored in the catalog. As long as I don't move it or rename it, all is good. I don't need to bore you with all of this, but I do appreciate your interest and comments. BTW. Should I be responding via email or am I suppose to go back to the blog and respond there?  This is my very first blogging experience.

                 

                Fred

                • 5. Re: Problem with importing IPHOTO into Elements 11 organizer.
                  Barbara B. CommunityMVP

                  Should I be responding via email or am I suppose to go back to the blog and respond there? 

                  It doesn't matter. It appears on the forum web page if you email and you get an email when someone posts on the web page. so it's the same either way, unless you need to  upload an attachment. For that you would need to come to the web site.

                   

                  So just follow the directions in my previous post for exporting, then importing and give it a try.

                  • 6. Re: Problem with importing IPHOTO into Elements 11 organizer.
                    drfa Community Member

                    Will do, thanks again for all the help.