Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video A short history of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), part of Lightroom and Photoshop: Working with Raw-Format Photos.
- I wanted to share a really brief background on Camera Raw, which is also related to Lightroom. And that goes back to Photoshop's creator, Thomas Knoll. And Thomas has been involved since the very start. He and his brother invented Photoshop. And then many, many, many years later I would have been at Adobe for a couple of years. This is probably around 2002 or so. Thomas came in with a plug-in that he invented, because he hated the software that came with his camera. And he had invented a way of converting the raw files into Photoshop.
And I remember he showed it to us and he asked if anybody would like it. And we thought, yeah people are going to love it. Not only did that become the Camera Raw plug-in, but that became the engine of Lightroom's develop module. And so, when we talk about Photoshop and Lightroom and Camera Raw, I think it's really worth noting Thomas's impact and just thinking about someone who's touched the applications in so many different ways over such a storied career. So I've shared a link about Thomas here, I think he's a really interesting guy. And just the whole philosophy, the way he's developed software, is really interesting too.
I hope you enjoy this story.
First, take a look at converting raw-format photos to the DNG format in Lightroom and using its Develop module to improve their contrast, color, and tone. Then find out how to adapt your raw workflow when you're on the move—on a mobile device or simply migrating from an application like iPhoto or Aperture. Next, Bryan switches over to Photoshop and its powerful Camera Raw plugin to optimize raw-format images and video. Along the way, he draws important comparisons between Photoshop and Lightroom, ending with tips for round-tripping back to Lightroom and creating camera profiles to make sure you're getting the most rich and accurate results from both programs.