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Converting or saving to the DNG format

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: Converting or saving to the DNG format

Now that we know a little bit about the DNG file format, in this movie we are going to take a look at how we can convert our files to this format whether by using the Adobe DNG Converter or Adobe Camera Raw. Well one of the things that you might want to do is you might want to navigate to Adobe's site, you can go to adobe.com/ products/dng, it will then redirect you to this page where you can get some more information about this file format. Then if you scroll down about three quarters of the way down on this page you will find an area where you can download the Adobe DNG Converter for your operating system.

Converting or saving to the DNG format

Now that we know a little bit about the DNG file format, in this movie we are going to take a look at how we can convert our files to this format whether by using the Adobe DNG Converter or Adobe Camera Raw. Well one of the things that you might want to do is you might want to navigate to Adobe's site, you can go to adobe.com/ products/dng, it will then redirect you to this page where you can get some more information about this file format. Then if you scroll down about three quarters of the way down on this page you will find an area where you can download the Adobe DNG Converter for your operating system.

Now this converter is free, it's a free little utility which allows you to convert your file to this format. Well now that we've seen that, let's say that we have decided to download this product, what we can do next is go back to Adobe Bridge. In Bridge you can go ahead and click- and-drag on your image and then drop it onto this icon in the dock if you're on a Mac, or if you are on Windows you could obviously just click on the icon and then you can select the files that you want to work on here. Next we can choose where we want to save the file and also how we prefer to name the file and whether or not we want a uppercase or lowercase extension there.

And then we have a few preferences which we can dial-in in regards to this conversion. Now once you're ready to convert the file all that you need to do is to simply click Convert. Well rather than doing that here I am going to click Quit because I want to show you also another way that you can do this and that is with Adobe Camera Raw. So if you prefer not to use the DNG Converter, what you can do is select one or more images and then go to the File pull-down menu and choose Open in Camera Raw.

Once we have our files open in Camera Raw we can then save them out. To do so you can click on the icon in the bottom left-hand corner over there it says Save Image. And here once again we can choose where we want to save the file, how we want to name it, the format, in this case we are interested in choosing Digital Negative. and then when it comes to compatibility regardless of the technique that you use whether it's a Converter or Adobe Camera Raw, you want to choose the latest and greatest version of Camera Raw so that you can take advantage of the best type of the processing version.

Next, we have JPEG Preview. Typically Medium works best. And then here we have some pretty interesting options, I want to talk about these. The first one is Embed Fast Load Data. You definitely want to have that turned on, because what this does is it creates a DNG file that you can read and work with more quickly when it comes to making adjustments on the file. This only increases your file size in a way that's really insignificant. So you get more speed out of the file without much increase in file size, definitely turn that option on.

Next we have an option which is called Lossy Compression. Well why would we want to do that? Well by default the DNG format is lossless, that means that we have a smaller file size without loss of data. Typically that's what you'd want to do. Well you may want to use Lossy, if you're interested in converting this file to a smaller file, but you still want to take advantage of all that DNG has to offer. In other words you could click this option on and then go over here to this pull-down menu, here you can see I can limit my pixel count or also the size by choosing one of these options.

What this will then do is it will resize this file, save it out as this DNG file format and it will do so in a way that the file is much smaller. You might want to do this with those outtakes that you have from that one photo shoot that aren't that important, it's not worth it to keep the entire file, you just want to keep a smaller version of all of those files. Well in those cases you might want to use Lossy Compression. Well in my case I want everything here, so I'm going to turn this off.

Next we have an option which is to Embed the Original Raw File. There are some people who are concerned that if I convert my file to DNG, I am going to lose the original raw file. Well you can include that in this format by clicking on this option, although this will increase your file size dramatically. So in my own workflow I've found that it's just not worth it. Well after having dialed in these different options here we will go ahead and click Save, in doing that we can see the little Save Preview here, showing us the progress of that saving of that DNG file.

Then we can click Cancel or Done in order to exit out of Camera Raw. Now back in Adobe Bridge you can see we have this DNG file. And whether or not we use the DNG Converter or Camera Raw we can choose to save these files in the same location or in a different location. Well why use a Converter versus Adobe Camera Raw? Well the Converter is great if you're going to use or convert a batch of images, Adobe Camera Raw typically works better when you have a smaller amount of photographs.

Well now that we've seen how we can do this and we see these two files, the last thing I want to do here is take a look at these files in our Finder or Explorer windows. To do that you can right-click or Ctrl+ Click on the image, then you can select Reveal in Finder or Reveal in Explorer, depending on your operating system. This will then show us these files, the first thing I want to highlight is that the native RAW file is 25 megs, the DNG file it's a mere 22.

So here's where it shaved off some file size without sacrificing any quality or data. The next thing I want to highlight is that we have this XMP file here. This belongs to the native RAW file, the DNG file it doesn't have a sidecar XMP file. So it's just helpful to kind of see, that to start to realize that the DNG stands on its own. Well after having gone through all of these issues and this overall process, my hope is that this gives you some valuable information so that you can make the decision of whether or not you want to integrate converting your files to this DNG format into your overall workflow.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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