Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Quick Camera Raw refresher, part of Exploring Adobe Camera Raw: Workflow Power Tips.
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- In this movie, I want to provide a quick review or refresher in regards to what Adobe Camera Raw is so that we can better understand how to use this powerful tool. Alright, well for starters we already know that we can use Adobe Camera Raw as a standalone application. Yet we can also access and work with it from right inside of Photoshop and use it as a Photoshop filter. Now when we use Adobe Camera Raw as a Photoshop filter it works just like any of the other filters that we have access to inside of Photoshop.
Yet when we use it as a standalone application, it actually operates in a pretty unique way. So let me dig into that. Let's say that we have a photograph, this one here, and we have our actual pixels in this JPG, TIFF, or RAW file and we open it up in Adobe Camera Raw and we start to make some adjustments. Now all of those adjustments are saved in sidecar XMP files. They're saved as raw instructions. What this gives us the ability to do is to make adjustments or changes like this so that the image appears green, or red, or black and white, or whatever it is.
And the whole point of using Adobe Camera Raw as a standalone application is that it gives us a lot of flexibility. In other words, we can work non-destructively. We can always make changes after the fact. The other advantage is that it doesn't significantly increase our file size, because it's just a set of instructions which is changing the way that the image appears. So really, to summarize, when we're working with Adobe Camera Raw, and when we want to use this tool most efficiently, which is the goal of this course, we want to run it as a standalone application.
And the best and most efficient way to use Adobe Camera Raw as a standalone application is to work with Adobe Bridge, which is what we'll be covering in the rest of this chapter.
- Working with Bridge and Photoshop
- Opening raw and nonraw files
- Syncing settings across files
- Using presets
- Recording actions