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where does Elements 8 store my photos

Where does Elements 8 store my photos after I have worked on them in photoshop format if I open them from iPhoto? I can't find them when I open iPhoto, although the book seems to imply that they should be in iPhoto.
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  • Hi Bonnie.

    I checked in with Barbara Brundage, author of Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac: The Missing Manual (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596804..., and she sent this response:
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    Hi, Bonnie.
    Elements doesn't store photos anywhere. Your edited photo will only be in iPhoto if you don't change the name or format of the photo. So if you sent a jpg to Elements and saved it there as a PSD file, it will be wherever you told the Save As window to put the file, not in iPhoto. You'll have to import it to iPhoto as a new photo.

    Any time you see the Save As window in Elements, your image isn't automatically going to iPhoto. Only a plain Save will create an iPhoto version.
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    I hope that helps!

    -Dawn
    Assistant Editor, Missing Manuals
    • Thanks for the question Bonnie and thanks for the response Dawn. I do have one additional related question. So with elements 8 and Mac what is the best way to save photos? If I understand correctly, when we save in jpg we will lose some of the data. I would prefer to save all of my photos in iPhoto, however am I giving up content by doing so?

      Thanks in advance
      Jeremy
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  • Hi Jeremy.

    I pinged Barbara about your question, and here's her response:
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    Hello, Jeremy.
    If you use iPhoto, the best way is to set Elements as your external editor in the iPhoto preferences, then send your photos from iPhoto to Elements. However, if you're concerned about the loss from JPEG compression, it's worth noting that iPhoto editing is only lossless when you edit within iPhoto itself. If you use an external editor, iPhoto applies the edits cumulatively, so with a jpeg you will see some jpeg compression data loss. See http://docs.info.apple.com/article.ht... (that's for iPhoto '08, but '09 is the same)
    If this is a big issue, you could save as a Tiff, import the Tiff to iPhoto as a new file and use that as your working image till you know you're done.
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    I hope that helps!

    -Dawn
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