How to Acquire Photos from Cell Phones in Photoshop Elements 9

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

In Photoshop Elements, you can acquire images from cell phones, iPhones, iPods, iPads and other handheld devices. You can upload, download, and prepare photos for handheld devices.

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

After copying files to your hard drive on Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Organizer from the Welcome screen.

  2. Choose File→Get Photos and Video→From Files and Folders.

    Alternatively, press Ctrl+G (cmd+G on the Mac).

  3. Locate the folder into which you copied the files and add them to your Organizer or open them in one of the editing modes.

With an iPhone, iPod, or iPad you can use the Photo Downloader to get media. Hook up the device with a USB cable and the Photo Downloader automatically opens.

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

Hook up an iPhone or iPad via a USB cable to your computer and choose Get Photos and Videos from Ca

Hook up an iPhone or iPad via a USB cable to your computer and choose Get Photos and Videos from Camera or Card Reader.

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

  1. In iTunes, choose File→Add Files to Library and select the images and videos from a folder on your hard drive that you want to upload to the device.

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

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

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

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

You can bypass iTunes with the iPad using the Camera Connection Kit provided by Apple for $29. The kit only supports 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 like you would use an external media source to share photos back and forth between your computer and the iPad.