How To Open Images Into Photographic camera Raw
Learn how to open images, including raw files, JPEGs and TIFFs, straight into Photoshop’south amazingly powerful image editing plugin known every bit Camera Raw.
So far in this series on getting our images into Photoshop, nosotros’ve learned how to set Photoshop equally our default image editor. Nosotros learned how to open images from inside Photoshop itself. And we learned how to open images into Photoshop using Adobe Span.
All the same even though Photoshop is still the world’s most powerful and popular image editor, times have inverse. These days, peculiarly if you lot’re a photographer, you’re less likely to open up your images into Photoshop itself (at least initially) and more than likely to open them into Photoshop’s image editing plugin, Camera Raw.
Camera Raw was originally designed to let the states process raw files. That is, images that were captured using your camera’s raw image file format. But Photographic camera Raw has grown to include support for JPEG and TIFF images equally well.
Unlike Photoshop which is used past people in virtually every creative profession, Photographic camera Raw was built with photographers in heed, using a elementary layout that matches a normal photo editing workflow from start to finish. This makes editing images in Camera Raw much more natural and intuitive. And, Camera Raw is completely non-destructive, meaning that nothing we do to an image is permanent. Nosotros can make whatever changes we like, any time nosotros like, and we can even restore the original, unedited version at any time.
We’re going to comprehend Camera Raw is bully detail in its own serial of tutorials. For at present, let’due south learn how to open our images directly into Photographic camera Raw. We’ll start with raw files since they’re the easiest to open up. And so, nosotros’ll larn how to open JPEG and TIFF images.
The best manner to open images into Camera Raw is by using
Adobe Bridge, so that’s what I’ll exist using here. If y’all’re not yet familiar with Adobe Bridge, I covered the nuts, including how to install Bridge, in the previous How To Open Images From Adobe Bridge tutorial. Exist sure to check that one out before you continue.
This lesson is from my Getting Images into Photoshop Complete Guide.
Allow’s get started!
Opening Adobe Bridge From Photoshop
To open Adobe Bridge from within Photoshop, go up to the
carte (in Photoshop) in the Carte du jour Bar forth the summit of the screen and choose
Browse in Bridge:
Going to File > Scan in Bridge.
This launches Bridge where we run across that I’ve already navigated to the folder on my Desktop that holds my images. At that place’s three images in the binder, and Bridge displays them as thumbnails in the
panel in the center:
Span displaying thumbnails of the images in the binder.
If we look closer, we encounter that all three images are of a different file blazon. The showtime image on the left (“motel_sign.dng”) is a raw file. The 2nd epitome (“beach.jpg”) is a JPEG. And the tertiary prototype (“horses.tif”) is a TIFF file:
Three images, three dissimilar file types.
How To Open Raw Files Into Camera Raw
Let’due south showtime with the raw file (“motel_sign.dng”). Since Camera Raw was originally designed for processing raw files, opening raw files into Camera Raw is easy. All we need to exercise is
on the raw file’s
Double-clicking on the raw file’s thumbnail.
This instantly opens the image into Camera Raw, set for editing. Once again, since Camera Raw is a big topic, nosotros’re going to encompass it in detail in its own series of tutorials:
The raw file opens in Photographic camera Raw. Paradigm © Steve Patterson.
Moving The Image From Camera Raw Into Photoshop
If I want to move the image from Photographic camera Raw into Photoshop, all I would need to practise is click the
button in the lesser correct of the Camera Raw dialog box. This applies to all three file types, non merely raw files:
Click “Open Image” to ship the prototype from Camera Raw to Photoshop.
Closing Camera Raw And Returning To Bridge
Or, if I’m done editing the image in Photographic camera Raw and merely desire to close Camera Raw and return to Adobe Span, I would click the
Clicking the “Washed” push in the lower right corner.
This closes the Camera Raw dialog box and returns me to Bridge. And that’s really all in that location is to opening raw files into Camera Raw:
Back to Adobe Bridge.
How To Open JPEG Files Into Photographic camera Raw
Opening a JPEG file into Camera Raw is a bit less intuitive. Photographic camera Raw fully supports JPEG images. Just by default, Adobe Bridge opens JPEGs non into Camera Raw but into Photoshop. I’ll double-click on my JPEG file’s thumbnail (“beach.jpg”) in the Content panel in Bridge:
Double-clicking on the JPEG file’due south thumbnail.
And here nosotros come across that sure enough, Span skipped the Photographic camera Raw dialog box and sent my JPEG prototype straight into Photoshop:
The JPEG image opens in Photoshop, non in Camera Raw. Prototype © Steve Patterson.
That’s not what I wanted, and so to close the image in Photoshop and return to Bridge, I’ll go up to the
menu and choose
Close and Go to Span:
Going to File > Close and Go to Bridge.
Double-clicking on the JPEG file’southward thumbnail didn’t work, merely information technology’s still like shooting fish in a barrel to open JPEGs into Camera Raw from Bridge. All we need to exercise is click on the JPEG file’s thumbnail to select information technology. Then, get up to the
carte (in Bridge) at the superlative of the screen and choose
Open in Camera Raw. Notice that at that place’s likewise a handy keyboard shortcut we can employ,
Going to File > Open in Camera Raw.
We tin can also
(Mac) on the JPEG file’s thumbnail in Bridge and choose the same
Open in Camera Raw
control from the menu:
Choosing “Open in Camera Raw” from the thumbnail’s menu.
Either mode opens the JPEG file in Photographic camera Raw:
The JPEG image now opens in Camera Raw.
Editing The JPEG Epitome In Camera Raw
While I’m in the Camera Raw dialog box, I’ll make a uncomplicated edit to my epitome. I’ll boost the color saturation by dragging the
slider to the right, to a value of around +40. I know we haven’t covered annihilation about Camera Raw yet, but the reason I’one thousand doing this will become clear in a moment:
Dragging the Vibrance slider in Camera Raw to increment color saturation.
Here we see that the colors are at present looking a bit more than vibrant:
The result later increasing the Vibrance setting in Photographic camera Raw.
Closing The JPEG Image And Returning To Span
Now that I’ve fabricated that one unproblematic change, I’ll close the Camera Raw dialog box and return to Bridge past clicking the
Clicking Done to accept the edit and return to Bridge.
The Camera Raw Settings Icon
This returns me to Bridge. Merely notice that something is different. If we look in the upper correct of the JPEG file’s thumbnail, nosotros meet an icon that wasn’t there before.
This icon tells me that I now take one or more Camera Raw settings practical to the epitome. In this example, information technology’s the aligning I fabricated with the Vibrance slider:
A Camera Raw settings icon appears in the upper right of the JPEG thumbnail.
Opening JPEG Files With Photographic camera Raw Settings Applied
Before, nosotros saw that when we double-click on a JPEG file’south thumbnail, Adobe Bridge opens the image in Photoshop, non in Camera Raw. Only, whenever nosotros already have Camera Raw settings applied to a JPEG file, Adobe Bridge will automatically re-open the paradigm in Camera Raw just by double-clicking on it.
I’ll double-click on the thumbnail, just equally I did before:
Double-clicking the JPEG file thumbnail, this time with Camera Raw settings applied.
And this time, considering I had already fabricated at least one aligning to the image in Camera Raw, Bridge re-opens the epitome in Camera Raw for further editing:
Adobe Bridge automatically sends the image back to Camera Raw.
To close the image and return to Span, I’ll once again click the
Clicking the Washed push button to render to Span.
How To Open TIFF Files Into Photographic camera Raw
The aforementioned rules for opening JPEG files into Photographic camera Raw from Bridge too apply to TIFF files. Camera Raw fully supports TIFF images. Only by default, double-clicking on a TIFF file’s thumbnail in Bridge will open the epitome in Photoshop, not in Camera Raw.
To open up a TIFF file into Camera Raw, click on its thumbnail to select information technology. Here, I’ve selected my “horses.tif” image:
Clicking on the TIFF file in the Content panel.
And so, just as we did with the JPEG image, become up to the
carte du jour and cull
Open in Camera Raw. Or,
(Mac) on the thumbnail itself and choose
Open in Camera Raw
from the menu.
Or, another way to open images into Camera Raw, and this applies to all three file types (raw, JPEG and TIFF) is by clicking the
Open in Camera Raw
icon at the top of the Bridge interface:
Clicking the “Open in Camera Raw” icon.
Whatever way yous cull opens the TIFF file into Camera Raw:
Adobe Bridge opens the TIFF file in Camera Raw. Epitome © Steve Patterson.
Editing The TIFF Image In Camera Raw
But as I did with my JPEG paradigm, I’ll brand a quick edit to my TIFF file. This time, I’ll utilise Photographic camera Raw to convert the photo to black and white.
Along the right of the Camera Raw dialog box is the panel area. The
panel is the 1 that’s open up by default (which is where I made my Vibrance aligning earlier), simply there are other panels available as well. We can switch betwixt panels by clicking on the
simply in a higher place the current panel’s proper name.
To convert my prototype to blackness and white, I’ll open the
HSL / Grayscale
panel by clicking on its tab (fourth from the left). Then, I’ll choose the
Convert to Grayscale
choice past clicking inside the checkbox. Finally, I’ll click the
option to let Camera Raw convert the prototype to blackness and white on its own:
Converting the prototype to black and white using the HSL / Grayscale panel.
Here’s what Camera Raw came upwards with. It’due south not the nearly impressive black and white conversion, but for our purposes here, information technology will practice merely fine:
The Auto black and white conversion in Camera Raw.
Closing The TIFF File And Returning To Bridge
To shut the TIFF file in Camera Raw and return to Bridge, I’ll click the
Clicking “Done” to return to Adobe Bridge.
Opening TIFF Files With Photographic camera Raw Settings Applied
Dorsum in Bridge, we see that I now have that same icon that we saw with the JPEG file, this time in the upper right of the TIFF file’s thumbnail. The icon is telling me that I have one or more Camera Raw settings applied to the image.
Notice likewise that Bridge has updated the thumbnail to reflect the changes I fabricated in Camera Raw. In this case, the thumbnail has changed from color to blackness and white. Span also updated my JPEG file’s thumbnail subsequently I increased the Vibrance in Camera Raw, only because the modify was subtle, information technology wasn’t as piece of cake to come across:
The Camera Raw settings icon appears in the upper right of the TIFF thumbnail.
Just every bit with JPEG files, TIFF files that already take ane or more Camera Raw settings practical to them will automatically re-open in Camera Raw when we double-click on their thumbnail.
I’ll double-click on my “horses.tif” thumbnail, and here we see that the image re-opens for me in Camera Raw, with my previous black and white conversion already applied:
The TIFF file re-opens in Camera Raw.
Where to go next…
And there we accept it! While Adobe Span is great for opening files into Camera Raw, many photographers start their image editing workflow not in Camera Raw but in
Adobe Lightroom. Yet while Lightroom is extremely powerful, information technology even so has limits on what it can do. For more than advanced editing work, nosotros even so need to open our images into Photoshop. In the next lesson, we learn how to move raw files from Lightroom into Photoshop, and how to return the prototype back to Lightroom when we’re washed!
Yous can also skip to one of the other lessons in this Complete Guide to Getting Images into Photoshop. Or visit my Photoshop Basics department for more tutorials!
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