Hi, I am trying to import photos and I am getting the following error message 'nothing was imported. The files or folders you selected to import did not contain any supported file types or the files are already in the catalog'.
This WAS working, but no longer, and the files aren't already in the catalog because i have deleted it, reinstalled it... etc, and still same error message. Please help. Driving me INSANE!
Still not enough information. What version of PSE, what kind of files, where are they located? Deleting and reinstalling does not remove your catalog. If the files were in your catalog prior to the reinstall, they are still in the catalog unless you have created a new catalog (file>manage catalogs).
its just a jpeg - photo from iphoto. I know it does work because it has previously... the issue I believe (with my limited knowledge!!!!) has something to do with the catalog and some exisiting files somewhere that PSE is reading but I can't find. I imagine if I knew what they were and could get rid of them, PSE then would see that I had an empty catalog and would allow me to import.
You can't use iphoto that way. The iphoto library is for iphoto's own use and poking around in it from outside iphoto is the fast track to corrupting it and possibly losing all your images. If you use iphoto you have two choices for opening photos in PSE:
1.Set up PSE as your external editor and send the photos from iphoto. Edit, then save without changing the name or format, and iphoto will remember one version plus the original. You may need to adjust the editor preferences>saving files>on first save to save over existing photo so you don't see the Save As window. When you see that dialog box it's not going to work right. If you choose this way, this is the actual editor file:
The one at the top level of the PSE folder is just an alias for the welcome screen.
2. Export the photos from iphoto, use File>Open in the PSE editor, then make any changes you like and import your edited photo to iphoto as a new image.
You can't Organize iphoto images. If you want to use organizer, you need to stop using iphoto or you'll just make yourself crazy. If you want to test out the organizer, export some photos from iphoto, put them where you want to keep them, then use File>Get Photos>From Files and Folders to import those images into organizer. If you decide you want to use organizer instead of iphoto, then you can use the From iPhoto choice to import your entire library, but give the organizer a good hard try before you decide.
You do know that you don't have to use either one if you don't want to? If you don't want your photos going into iphoto in the first place, it's as simple as going to the iphoto preferences>general and choosing this:
When you choose No Application, the next time your card is connected it will mount like a disk on the desktop and you can just drag out the folder with the images in it. Then you can import them into any asset management program, or none at all, as you please.
Thanks Barbara, so kind of you to take the time to help. I didn't particularly WANT to use the organizer in Adobe, I wanted to use the photobook creation - I just thought it would be cheaper than the apple option, plus I wanted more editiing ability. I think I'll rather upgrade to Aperture, and go from there. :-( Further to this, you are right, it has corrupted my photos... dammit! Middle of restoring now.... fingers crossed.