Join Taz Tally for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing workflow tools: Bridge, Camera Raw, Photoshop, and Lightroom, part of Color Correction in Adobe Camera Raw.
- Welcome to Color Correction in Adobe Camera Raw. I thought we'd begin with a discussion of a review of the various Photographic workflows that are available to you with the Adobe products, and discuss where Adobe Camera Raw fits in this universe of Photographic Workflows. Here are some of the more common ones. Using Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw, we will refer to this as ACR, you often refer to Adobe Camera Raw referred to that way. Bridge plus Adobe Camera Raw, then using Photoshop.
Lightroom, and then Lightroom plus Photoshop. These are the five most common workflows that you have access to currently. Let's cover each one briefly. But before we do that, let's just cover some terminology, to clear some things up. There's Adobe Camera Raw, and there's RAW, and sometimes people use these terms interchangeably. But RAW is really a high quality image file format. So when you hear about a RAW file, it has nothing to do specifically with Adobe Camera Raw. Each manufacturer has their own RAW file format.
For example, Canon has a .CR2 file format, Nikon uses .NEF, whereas Adobe Camera Raw, ACR, is an application for opening and editing RAW file formats, and currently you can open up other file formats such as .tif and .jpg as well, through Photoshop and Bridge. And as we'll see, you can access Adobe Camera Raw either through Photoshop or Bridge. So RAW is the file format, with each manufacturer having their own, and Adobe Camera Raw is the application that we're going to use to open and edit those kinds of files.
Let's just cover each Workflow briefly, so you know where Adobe Camera Raw kind of fits in the scheme of things. With Bridge plus Photoshop, you're using Bridge as your Digital Asset Management tool, your DAM, you use Bridge for managing the files, for finding and opening them and organizing them. In this case, in this workflow, you do all the editing in Photoshop. And then, typically, you use Bridge to export to PDF and Web. Of course you can save the files out of Photoshop as tif or jpg, but Bridge is really the preferred application for doing exports to other formats, such as PDF and Web.
With the Bridge plus Adobe Camera Raw, again, you're going to use Bridge as the Digital Asset Management tool. Adobe Camera Raw is really an editing tool. You use Adobe Camera Raw for all your editing, and then you can export to specific file formats such as .psd, native Photoshop format, .tif, .jpg and other file formats. Then you typically use Bridge to export to PDF or Web if you've got multiple files that you've created or saved out of ACR. Then, the other option you have, is using Bridge, ACR and Photoshop.
So again, use Bridge as your Digital Asset Management tool, you use ACR for whole image editing, that is, then you can export to .psd, .tif and .jpg, and then you may open up that image in Photoshop, you've done a whole image correction or adjustment in ACR, and do things such as compositing or add type, advanced image editing chores. Then from Bridge, again you use Bridge for exporting multiple images to PDF and Web. Then, of course, there's Lightroom. With Lighroom, you use actually Lightroom for the Digital Asset Management.
It has all of the capabilities of Bridge, and then some. And then with Lightroom, you'll perform whole image editing chores just like you would in ACR. Then you can use Lightroom to export the individual file formats or multiple images to slideshows, books, PDF, or web galleries. Then, of course, you can use Lightroom and Photoshop together, where Lightroom is your Digital Asset Management tool, you'll do whole image editing in Lightroom, and advanced image editing in Photoshop, and then back to Lightroom to do most of your exporting, for multiple files in particular.
So in this course, we're going to be focusing on the Bridge plus ACR, and maybe going to Photoshop afterwards. Although, we're not going to work in Photoshop, but you will be doing the work here in ACR, then you have the option of going to Photoshop if you want to. So we'll be using Bridge as our Digital Asset Management tool, Adobe Camera Raw for our whole image editing, and then exporting to individual file formats, such as .psd, .tif or .jpg. Then if you wanted to, any file that you create in Adobe Camera Raw, you can then move into Photoshop.
Then you'll likely use Bridge to export to PDF or Web for multiple files. Now one other thing you should know, is you can go back and forth between ACR and Lightroom. And in fact, the Develop module in Lightroom is based upon Adobe Camera Raw. Adobe Camera Raw was developed first, and then Lightroom was developed from Adobe Camera Raw, then all the file management capabilities were then added to Lightroom. So Lightroom really kind of replaces Adobe Camera Raw plus Bridge. Any Lighroom Develop adjustments that you make, and any adjustments you make in ACR are completely interchangeable, because they're basically the same tool.
Just make sure that your ACR and Lightroom are kept up-to-date to maintain version compatibility. Although typically you won't be moving from Lightroom to ACR, you may begin working in ACR and then decide probably to maybe move your workflow to Lightroom, in which case, all those ACR edits that you have created over the years, can be read and used in Lightroom without any problems. Then you can either use Lightroom or Bridge for export, but if you make the transition to Lightroom, you'll probably move away from Bridge and start doing most of your exports from Lightroom.
So that's how Adobe Camera Raw kind of fits in the landscape of photographic workflow. If you can make the transition from Adobe Camera Raw to Lightroom, if you decide to, then you really won't have any problems as long as you maintain your version compatibility.
- Working between Camera Raw, Photoshop, and Lightroom
- Evaluating color
- Identifying color casts by the numbers
- Making white-balance adjustments
- Setting critical highlights and shadows
- Adjusting skin tones
- Applying creative adjustments
- Correcting multiple images