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Chapter 4. Editing Photos > Editing in Another Program

Editing in Another Program

iPhoto’s editing tools are quite minimal. They’re sufficient for most tasks, but for more involved changes to photos, you must turn to another image-editing program. Luckily, Apple recognized this possibility.

To select an external editor:

1.
From the iPhoto application menu, choose Preferences (,) to open the Preferences window.

2.
Under “Double-click,” select “Opens in other” (Figure 4.39).

Figure 4.39. To configure iPhoto to use another program for editing photos, choose Preferences from the iPhoto application menu, select “Opens in other” from the “Double-click” section, click the Select button, select the desired application, and close the Preferences window.


3.
Click the Select button, and choose a program in the open dialog.

4.
Close the Preferences window.

To edit photos in an external editor:

1.
Double-click one or more selected photos.

iPhoto launches your selected editing program and opens the photos in it.

2.
Make your desired changes, and when you’re done, save and close the photos.

To open a photo in an external editor:

1.
Select an external editor, but don’t set iPhoto to open photos in it by default.

2.
-click the photo and choose Edit in external editor from the contextual menu (Figure 4.40).

Figure 4.40. To edit a photo in an external editor without switching iPhoto’s preferences, Control-click the image and choose Edit in external editor from the contextual menu.


Tips

  • Revert to Original works on photos edited in another program as long as you open them from within iPhoto (don’t drag to the other application to open).

  • Click the Edit button or -double-click to avoid opening a photo in an external editor when that’s the default.


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