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As I mentioned previously, one of the advantages of working with Adobe Camera Raw is that it allows you to apply non-destructive adjustments to your photographs and you can do so really quickly. You never have to wait for render or save time. Well, you can also apply these same adjustments to non-Raw files as well. And here we are going to take a look at some of the considerations when working with JPG, TIF, or when you want to try to work with PSD files. All right! Well, let's start off with this picture here. If we want to open this up in Adobe Camera Raw, we can either use our shortcut, which is Cmd+R in a Mac or Ctrl+R on Windows, or you can go to the File pull-down menu and then simply choose Open in Camera Raw.
Now, here, this file is opened in Camera Raw and what I am going to do is make a few adjustments, perhaps modifying the overall Contrast here, or Clarity, or Vibrance or Saturation. Once you've processed a JPG file or a TIF file for that matter, something interesting kind of happens. Let's click Done in order to apply those settings. Well, now back here in Bridge, if we double click this file, rather than this JPG opening up in Photoshop, it will then reopen inside of Camera Raw. Now, why is that? Why does this JPG file go to Camera Raw rather than Photoshop? Well, it goes there because of a default preference.
Let me show you where that is. If you navigate to the Bridge pull-down menu and then select Camera Raw Preferences. At the base of the Camera Raw Preferences, it has a few preferences where you can specify how to handle JPG or TIF files. The default option is to Automatically open JPGs with settings. In other words, if you have opened a file up in Camera Raw and applied a few settings, well then, the next time you double-click that file, it will go straight to Camera Raw, as we just saw.
If you don't like this preference, you have a few other options. One is to Disable JPG support. If you don't ever want to use Camera Raw with your JPG or TIF files, you could choose that option. Or you could use to Automatically open all supported JPGs. In other words, regardless of whether or not you have opened those up previously in Camera Raw, they will go straight to Camera Raw. In my own workflow, I like to leave the default setting on, because I don't process every JPG file inside of Camera Raw rather I just process a few select images, and so in that case this option works well.
The same thing is true with my TIF files. Often I have layered TIF files, maybe it's a creative project that I've been working on, every time I double-click that, I don't want it to go to Camera Raw, I want it to go to Photoshop, so I leave this default setting on so that it will only open up those TIF files which have been in Camera Raw and been processed with Camera Raw settings. Well, let's go ahead and click OK and go back to the Adobe Bridge. Let's take a look at another technique that we can use for opening up a TIFF or a JPG in Camera Raw, and that is by right-clicking or Ctrl+clicking.
Here we can go ahead and select this option, Open in Camera Raw, and you can see it then will open up this image here. All right! Well, let's click Cancel and then go to our Photoshop document. This was a creative project from another one of my Photoshop training titles, and if we right-click or Ctrl+click, you'll notice there isn't an option for Open in Camera Raw. If we go to the File pull-down menu, Open in Camera Raw is grayed out. So what's the deal? Well you can't open and work with PSD files in Adobe Camera Raw.
If you wanted to, you would need to open this up inside of Photoshop and then resave it in a different file format. For example, we could go ahead and double-click this file to open it up inside of Photoshop here. Next, we could choose File, and then select Save As, and rather than saving this out as a PSD file, I'll choose one of our supported file formats, that's TIF or JPG. Because I want this one to be uncompressed, I am going to choose TIF, and then here we'll click Save.
After having saved this file, we can go to the File pulldown menu and then choose Browse in Bridge. And by doing that you can see that now here in Bridge I have this TIF file and if we right-click or Ctrl+click, you can see I now can Open in Camera Raw, or I can do that by going to the pull-down menu, or of course we can now use that shortcut. So I just wanted to highlight that so that you now know how you can open and access these different file formats, whether you're interested in processing JPG or TIF files.
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