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Ken Latman's picture
by Ken Latman
August 1, 2010 - 5:02pm

I recently installed Topaz Labs set of plug-ins for Photoshop and they say you can use these directly in Aperture. However if you go about that way your external editor is now Topaz Fusion. Is there a way to have multiple external editors with Aperture?
Sometime my image is fine and doesn’t need me to go into Photoshop for some heavy lifting, but other times I would just like to play around with what other editors can do. Topaz, in my opion is not an editor but a plug-in for enhancement and creative expression.

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by PhotoJoseph
August 19, 2010 - 4:40pm

Ken & Mark,

Unfortunately you can’t assign multiple external editors, but it is pretty quick to switch them. Command-comma to open the prefs, click on the Export tab, then Choose a new editor. I’d create a folder with aliases to the apps that you will switch between, and once you point at that folder, every time you open that Choose dialog, it should remember it. I think that’d work, and give you (relatively) quick access to all the apps you might want to switch between.

Multiple external editors is definitely a feature on the Aperture wish list ;-)

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by switcherMark
August 12, 2010 - 6:01pm

I’m hoping for a better answer to this same question, but I think the short answer is “no” you can only have one external editor identified and until Topaz labs changes how their plugin operates, we are stuck.

My work around for this issue is this. I have a folder set up called PSedits. I have created a “folder action” in Automator for this folder. Any file that is dropped into the folder is opened in Photoshop for editing. In Aperture, I have created an export preset, that will export files in the settings I want for editing in Photoshop. When I have a picture I want to edit in Photoshop, instead of using the “Edit with” drop down that is now tied to Topaz, I simply export the photo into the designated folder, the folder action then opens Photoshop and the photo appears, ready for Photoshop editing. This is not an elegant solution, and the “round trip” requires more work as well, but that’s how I’m working around this for now.

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