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Camera Raw's processing engine and controls are quite different in Elements 11 than in earlier versions, so different that Adobe has given the current Camera Raw processing technology a new name, Process Version 2012. So, what's that mean for you? You won't have to worry about the Process Version at all if you're opening a photo into Camera Raw for the first time in Elements. In that case, you'll see the current Camera Raw controls that we use in this course, and the photo will be processed with the latest Process Version 2012 technology. But, if you have a photo that you processed in the past in an older version of Elements, using an older Camera Raw process version, let me show you what to do if you want to reopen it into Camera Raw in Elements 11 for further processing.
If you still have Camera Raw open from the last movie, you can close it by clicking the Cancel button at the bottom-right of the Camera Raw workspace. Then, in the Expert edit workspace, go to the File Menu, go to Open, and navigate to a folder that contains a raw file. Now here, I have a raw file that I shot with a Nikon camera. This is the actual raw file, the NEF file. This is the one that I want to open. The other thumbnail is for the metadata that goes along with this file. And it contains adjustments that I made in an earlier version of Camera Raw in Elements 10.
To open this raw file into Elements 11, I'll select the NEF icon, and I'll go down and click the Open button. Here in the current version of Camera Raw, at least the current version at the time of recording, I have that photo that I already processed in Elements 10. There are two things that tell me that this photo was already adjusted in an older process version. One is this little white warning symbol right down here with an exclamation mark in it, and another is the fact that the sliders that I see over here in the Basic Panel of Camera Raw are the older sliders.
The current sliders don't have a Fill Light Slider or a Recovery Slider, but they do have a Highlights Slider and a Whites Slider as we'll see in just a moment. To confirm that this is an older process version photo, I'm going to click this camera icon above the Basic Panel. That takes me to the Camera Calibration Panel. Here in the Process Menu, I can see that I have a Process Version 2010 photo open. Now, if I want to update this photo to the 2012 Process Version, I could just select 2012 from this menu. But, most often, I am not in the Camera Calibration Tab, I'm just over here in the Basic Tab.
And the fastest way to update a photo here is just to click on this little icon with the exclamation mark at the bottom-right of the photo. When I did that, you may have noticed that the photo changed appearance a bit, and that's often the case when you do update a photo from an earlier Process Version to Process Version 2012. So, if you've worked hard to get your photo to look a certain way and you don't want it to change, then you don't want to update it. But, if you do want to reprocess a photo for some reason, maybe to make another version of it that looks a little bit different, and you want to have access to the new, improved controls in Process Version 2012, some of which you now see here in the column on the right, then go ahead and click that icon to update to Process Version 2012.
So that's what the process version difference is all about. In the movies to come, we'll be learning what each of these latest sliders in Process Version 2012 does, and how to use them to process your raw photos to look their best.
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