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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.
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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