Jan 24, 2015

Opening images directly in Photoshop on Mac

I work with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 quite a lot. Often I have to open JPEG images there from Finder. By default, JPEG images are opened in Preview. To open them in Photoshop I have to right-click on the image, scroll down to Open With..., wait until the pop up menu appears (or click it to open faster), find Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 there and click it. Too long.

Can this be simplified? Oh, yes!

We are going to use Automator and assign a keyboard shortcut for the script, which will open the file in Photoshop. The [clickable] image below is the complete picture of what you should do:

Open images in Adobe Photoshop CC using a keyboard shortcut

You start with Automator. On start it will ask you what kind of action you would like to create. Choose a new Service.

In the service window choose Files & Folders. In the right top part of the window choose files or folders and Finder. Next drag the Open Finder Items from the middle panel. Choose Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 from the list. You may need to scroll down to Other... if your Photoshop is install in the subdirectory (usually it is).

Save the service (press ⌘+S). Use a good name (I used Open in Photoshop CC 2014).

Now open System Preferences and Shortcuts there. Select Services. In the Files and Folders on the right select your service and give it a new shortcut.

Now go to Finder, select the image and press your shortcut. It will be open the image in Photoshop.

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