How to Import Images from Your Phone to Photoshop Elements 12

You can acquire images from cellphones, iPhones, iPods, iPads, and a variety of different handheld devices for use in Photoshop Elements. As a matter of fact, you can do quite a bit with uploading, downloading, and preparing photos for handheld devices.

If you want to add images from a cellphone to the Photoshop Elements Organizer or open images in one of the editing modes, you need to copy files to your hard drive via a USB or Bluetooth connection or download an e-mail attachment of the photos if your phone is capable of using e-mail.

Follow these steps after copying files to your hard drive:

  1. Choose File→Get Photos and Video→From Files and Folders, or press Ctrl+G (Cmd+G on the Mac).

    The Get Photos and Videos from Files and Folders dialog box opens.

  2. Locate the folder into which you copied the files and add them to your Organizer.

    Or you can open them in one of the editing modes.

    With an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you can use the Photo Downloader to transfer media.

  3. Hook up the device with a USB cable.

    The Photo Downloader automatically opens.

  4. Click the Browse button, as shown in the figure, to open the Select Directory to Store Files window and select a destination folder. Click the Select Folder Button to identify where the photos are saved.

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  5. Click the Get Media button to download the photos to your computer.

For iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, you can also hook up your device via a USB cable and choose File→Get Photos and Videos→From Camera or Card Reader. Elements recognizes the device, and the Photo Downloader opens, giving you options for importing all photos or selected images.

To upload Elements creations and edited photos to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, use Apple’s iTunes or Dropbox:

  1. In iTunes, choose File→Add Files to Library.

  2. Select the images and videos from a folder on your hard drive that you want to upload to the device.

    When uploading photos to an iPhone or iPad, use only the formats these devices support, such as JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and PNG.

  3. Hook up the iPhone or iPad or connect wirelessly and click the Photos and/or Videos tab at the top of the iTunes window.

  4. Select the check boxes adjacent to each item you want to upload and then click the Sync button.

    Your files are uploaded to your device while the sync is in progress.

You can bypass iTunes with the iPad by using the Camera Connection Kit, provided by Apple for $29.95. The kit supports only SD cards, but you can attach many different types of card readers to the USB port on the Camera Connection Kit and use other media cards.

Copy files from the Organizer to the media card and use it as you would use an external media source to share photos back and forth between your computer and the iPad.

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