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Dec 9, 2012

How to use external apps to edit with iPhoto on Mac

by Stephen Ashby

Sometimes iPhoto’s editing tools just aren’t enough – but, fear not, there’s a way to call for backup

How to use external apps to edit with iPhoto on MacHow to use external apps to edit with iPhoto on MacThere are plenty of affordable third-party image-editing applications available for your Mac, but they all lack one thing: integration. None of these amazing editors offer a way to manage your photos as well as fix them or apply incredible effects. iPhoto pretty much has the monopoly on image organisation on your Mac, but there is a way to combine the best of both worlds and have it catalogue your images but edit them with a third-party application, without the need to constantly export and import. Setting a third-party editor in iPhoto really only takes a few minutes, but it can make all the difference to your workflow if you’re serious about making your photos look the best they can. You’ll obviously need a third-party editor to follow this tutorial (take a look on the Mac App Store if you’re stuck for ideas), but once you’ve acquired one, it’s as easy as a few tweaks in the Preferences menu.How to use external apps to edit with iPhoto on Mac

How to use external apps to edit with iPhoto on Mac1: Head to Preferences

Fire up iPhoto and call its Preferences window by selecting from the iPhoto tab in the OS X Menu bar. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command+, (comma) to instantly bring up the window you need.

How to use external apps to edit with iPhoto on Mac2: Go advanced

Click on the Advanced tab in the Preferences window and, next to Edit Photos, select your external editor from the drop-down menu. Now when you go to work on an image it’ll be edited in the app you chose.

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