I want to move all of my photos to PSE11 as I am shooting in raw and it is much easier to organize and edit in one software. What will be the best way to migrate the pictures as I have all of my photos organized by event in iPhoto? I do not have to keep them in events in PSE11 if there is an easier way to migrate them, thanks!
You can use the From iPhoto command in the Organizer. However, if you are planning to do all your images at once, be sure you have enough disk space, since you will need to duplicate them (the from iphoto command does this) to get them out of the iphoto library. Have you used organizer enough to be sure this is what you want to do? If so, you can delete them from iphoto afterwards to free up the disk space.
If you have applied keywords and such in iphoto, it may be better to export each event, put it where you're going to want to keep your photos, and use from files and folders to import them, since the export dialog gives you more options for what information to keep.
Barbara, thank you for the fast response! I have enough disk space as I am putting them in Dropbox to get them off my hard drive. I will backup the files up to an EHD. I did not keyword my photos, so not worried there. You spoke to my dilemma, saw there could be a mass import, but was not sure if I should do that vs. each event (I have 120 events).
I do sense a hesitation with your question around whether I have used organizer enough, is there something I should reconsider before I make the switch? I truly wanted my editing process to be contained to one software now that I am shooting raw, as I am currently importing photos to iPhoto, exporting them to desktop, opening them in PSE camera raw, saving them back to desktop, importing them back to iPhoto. Organizer to Editor just seems so much easier, but I do want to make sure I am thinking through all things before I invest the time to make the change.
Well, you do know you can set PSE as your external editor for iphoto and send the raw files from there? You will need to turn on the pref in iphoto prefs>advanced, and be sure you choose the right file as the external editor, this one:
You may very well find Organizer is what you prefer. I just think it's best to try it a while with a smaller test catalog to be sure which you prefer.
Yes, I have the option to use PSE as the external editor for raw files, but I cannot get to the camera raw editor in PSE without going through the desktop step - going from iPhoto to PSE only gets me to the basic editor, I am hoping that makes sense. That is the dilemma and extra step that I am struggling with. Thanks for your help and patience Barbara! I am playing with one event to see if I really like it before I go through the big task that lies ahead!!
Yes, that will bring me to the basic editor, but not the camera raw editor, here is the screen shot - this is the editor I want to use with my raw files, and this is why I have to go through the steps noted above to get there - unless I am missing a setting somewhere besides the one you have shown me - which is what I have always had set in iPhoto. Thanks Barbara, I am just making sure I am not missing something extremely obvious, as I normally do
Barbara, I did not have my PSE11 editor set up correctly, did not realize support files was where I had to grab it, so I can get the camera raw editor when I open it now from iPhoto. However, after I make an edit, it becomes a .psd file, which I can save as a jpeg, I realize, but it does not save back to iPhoto directly. All of this is getting really complex, and I just want an easy way to open a raw file, edit it, and save it to the same place as the original, if this makes sense. All of this is becoming very overwhelming since I went raw, but I want to stay with raw because I love my editing results. The editing, storage and organizing of it all is not fun. Thanks for all of your help and patience, seriously!
When you convert a raw file and save it in an image format, you are changing the format so iphoto does not see that as a version. You can save to the desktop (NEVER try to make it save into the iphoto library) and import the converted file as a new image. This is going to be the case with any raw conversion software and iphoto, unless you choose to let OS X do the conversion for you, in which case you have no control over what you get.
ACR doesn't make a PSD. That's a suggestion for a format, not a pre-chosen one.
Organizer is a bit more attuned to raw than iphoto is. iPhoto is really designed for jpg shooters and its limited ability to work with raw files is kind of an afterthought. Apple intends Aperture for organizing raw files.