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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6
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Converting or saving to the DNG format


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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

with Chris Orwig

Video: Converting or saving to the DNG format

Now that we know a little bit about the DNG format, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can convert our files to this format. Now, one of the things that we might want to do is download what's called the DNG Converter. Let me go show you where you can find that. If you navigate to Adobe.com/products/ dng, over on the right-hand side you can download what's called the DNG Converter for Mac or Windows Operating Systems. All right. Well, I have already downloaded this and installed it. In order to use the DNG Converter, all that I need to do is to simply click on a file that I want to convert to DNG.
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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6
6h 28m Appropriate for all May 24, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Comparing Camera Raw and Photoshop
  • Understanding the differences between raw and JPEG or TIFF
  • Converting to the DNG format
  • Opening an image as a Smart Object
  • Working with the Crop and Straighten tools
  • Color correcting
  • Retouching blemishes
  • Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
  • Reducing noise and sharpening
  • Creative editing in Camera Raw
Subjects:
Photography Raw Processing
Software:
Photoshop Camera Raw
Author:
Chris Orwig

Converting or saving to the DNG format

Now that we know a little bit about the DNG format, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can convert our files to this format. Now, one of the things that we might want to do is download what's called the DNG Converter. Let me go show you where you can find that. If you navigate to Adobe.com/products/ dng, over on the right-hand side you can download what's called the DNG Converter for Mac or Windows Operating Systems. All right. Well, I have already downloaded this and installed it. In order to use the DNG Converter, all that I need to do is to simply click on a file that I want to convert to DNG.

Here we can see that I have this particular file selected here. And on a Mac, what you can do is drag this file onto this DNG Converter in order to launch and open up the Converter. On a Windows Operating System, you can, of course, simply click on the icon to launch it, and then select the images, or folder of images that you want to convert here. All right. Well, once you have made a selection of what you want to convert, you then determine what location, where you want to save this. I will go ahead and Save this in the Same Location. I can modify its name as needed.

And I can also dial in a few Preferences here. All right. Well, all that I would need to do to convert this to this format would be to simply click Convert, and we would be done. All right. Well, just for the sake of a demo, I am going to quit out of this and show you another way you can save or convert to DNG. Another technique that we can use is to simply open up a RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw. Let's do that by double-clicking on this image. Now, once this opens up in Adobe Camera Raw, you will notice that in the bottom left-hand corner we have this button, which says Save Image...

Let's click on that in order to open up our Save Options dialog. Once again, we can determine where we want to save the file. I will Save it in the Same Location. We can give this File a new Name. In this case, it's going to have a new number attached to it. Let me change that to something like a letter, just so we can see it a little bit more clearly. We can choose our File Extension. And I have chosen here DNG. Once you make that selection, you have the ability to choose your format and also the different settings for the DNG file.

Now, this last option down here I do want to comment on. Some people are a little bit concerned about converting the native format into this DNG format. Therefore, they choose to embed the original RAW file inside of the DNG Container. In other words, a Container will actually contain two different RAW files: one DNG and one Native, or Original, RAW format. Now, they do that just to be on the safe side. Now, some people really prefer that, because they feel like that extra safety net gives them a little bit more confidence to be able to process their images in the most effective way.

Yet the downside, of course, as you can imagine, is it's going to increase your file size significantly. So in my own workflow, I don't choose this option, although it may be something you will want to consider. All right. Well, here, all I need to do is click Save, Adobe Camera Raw will give me progress down here, telling me that it's saving or converting this image to this format, the DNG file. Let's click Done. And go ahead and take a look at Adobe Bridge, so that we can see this DNG file over here in the background. Now, here you can see I have a DNG file.

And one of the things that's interesting is that as we click back and forth between these files, we can take a look at our file size. In this case, the RAW file is 24 MB. The new DNG file, well, it's 20 MB. Again, there is that lossless compression. What we can do is right-click or Ctrl+Click on the image and then choose Reveal in Finder. This will open up a Finder Window, showing me these particular images. Now, when I look at these images, here we can see we have that RAW file. The RAW file also has this XMP file right next to it, which this then contains all the instructions or the RAW processing that we have applied to this image.

On the other hand, that DNG file is just a file that lives by itself. The XMP file is inside of this DNG Container. All right. Well, that wraps up our conversation about working with native RAW formats and also working with the DNG file format. I hope that the information in this movie was helpful. And I hope that it will help you decide which format will work best for your own workflow.

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