Have you ever double-clicked on a file and it has opened in the wrong application? if so, perhaps consider changing your file associations. By changing your file associations you can control what application is set by default to open a certain file type such as a JPEG. Doing this can really help you in your workflow, for all kinds of work. Lets take a look at a workflow, and see how changing the file association can save time, and more importantly save you much frustration.

An image has been placed in InDesign but the image needs a few corrections. I need to open the image in Photoshop to make the corrections. Holding down the Alt key and double-clicking on the image with the Selection Tool is a quick way of opening the image in another application so it can be edited. When I did that, it opened the image in Preview and not Photoshop – this is to do with the file association.

Also double-click on the file within the operating system will also open the image in Preview too.

The image file is a JPEG and the application associated to open a JPEG is Preview. But any application capable of opening a JPEG could have been set to open the JPEG. So lets see how we make all JPEGs open in Photoshop, by Default.

Setting up file associations is all to do with the operating system, such as Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s Mac OS X. First, lets see how we can do it in Mac OS X.

Mac OS X File associations

Lets first locate a JPEG image, any JPEG image will do.

Right-click on the file icon and chose Get Info.

Expand the Open with: category by click on the grey triangle. Preview is listed as the application to open this JPEG and all JPEGs – highlighted in red below.

From the drop down menu Photoshop CC was chosen. The Change All… button is clicked, a dialog panel appeared. The Continue button was clicked on on so all JPEGs will now open in Photoshop.

Double-clicking on the file icon or Alt double-clicking on an image in InDesign now opens the JPEG image in Photoshop.

Windows 7 File associations

Lets first locate a JPEG image, any JPEG image will do.

Right-click on the file icon and chose Properties – highlighted in red below.

Windows Photo Viewer is listed as the application to open JPEGs. Click on the Change… button – highlighted in red below.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 was chosen by clicking on it and then the OK button was press. The Browse… button can be used to find other applications too.

 

Click on the Apply button and then the OK button. All JPEGs will now open in Photoshop – great.

Double-clicking on the file icon or Alt double-clicking on an image in InDesign now opens the JPEG image in Photoshop – marvellous.