The box for Photoshop Elements for Mac OS has a note printed on it that says "Works with Apple iPhoto." This statement means that if you change the iPhoto preferences, you can open your images directly in Photoshop Elements when you double-click an image in iPhoto. You can also import an iPhoto catalog in the Elements Organizer.

Note: This statement does not mean that Adobe Technical Support provides any support for iPhoto. For support on iPhoto, contact Apple.

Open iPhoto images in Photoshop Elements automatically

Disclaimer: Adobe does not support third-party software and provides this task as a courtesy only.

  1. Open iPhoto and choose iPhoto > Preferences.
  2. Select the General tab.
  3. Click the Edit Photo menu and select In Application.
    iPhoto '09 Preferences
  4. Select the Elements Editor application file from the list of applications and click Open:

    • Elements 9: Applications/Adobe Photoshop Elements 9/Adobe Photoshop Elements
    • Elements 10: Applications/Adobe Photoshop Elements 10/Support Files/Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor
    • Elements 11: Applications/Adobe Photoshop Elements 11/Support Files/Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor
    • Note: Do not select the application file that has the same name as the parent folder, this file is the Welcome Screen launcher. For example, if you have version 9, then select the application file named "Adobe Photoshop Elements." DO NOT select the file named "Adobe Photoshop elements 9." See the following screenshot:
    Select the Elements Editor application file
  5. Close the Preferences window.

Use RAW format from iPhoto to an external image editor such as Photoshop Elements 

Disclaimer: Adobe does not support third-party software, and provides this task as a courtesy only.

  1. Open iPhoto and choose iPhoto > Preferences.
  2. Select the Advanced tab.
  3. In the RAW Photos section, select the Use RAW When Using External Editor option.
  4. Close the Preferences window.
iPhoto '09 Preferences

If not all the images you selected in iPhoto open in your chosen external image editor, open fewer or just one image at a time.

Import images from an iPhoto '09 catalog into Photoshop Elements

Disclaimer: Adobe does not support third-party software and provides this task as a courtesy only.

  1. Open Photoshop Elements Organizer.
  2. Choose File > Get Photos And Video > From iPhoto.
  3. (Optional) Choose if you would like to convert your iPhoto Events into Albums.
  4. Click Import.

Import images from an iPhoto '11 catalog into Photoshop Elements

Disclaimer: Adobe does not support third-party software and provides this task as a courtesy only.

Note: Importing photos from iPhoto '11 in Elements 9 Organizer requires the 9.0.2 update. You can download this update here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4918

  1. Open Photoshop Elements Organizer.
  2. Choose File > Get Photos And Video > From iPhoto.
  3. Click Import.

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