Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Opening raw files in Bridge, part of Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7.
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In this movie, I want to share with you a number of different techniques and shortcuts and also a preference that you can use which will affect the way that you can open your images up in Adobe Camera Raw. Now, we are going to focus in on first how we can open up our Raw files. We'll be working with this photograph here of my daughter Annika, I just love those big blue eyes. Alright, well before we start to look at how we can open up our files, I want to highlight a few shortcuts that we can use, which will also highlight how we can work with Camera Raw, whether we want to work with it in Bridge or Photoshop.
I am going to click on this slide and then press the Spacebar key to go to the full-screen view. I want you to write down this shortcut. If you're on a Mac, you can press Cmd, if you're on Windows you can press Ctrl and then O in order to open up your Raw files, so that Adobe Camera Raw will be hosted by Photoshop. On the other hand, you can press Cmd on the Mac, Ctrl on Windows plus the R key in order to open up your Raw files in Adobe Camera Raw, so that Adobe Camera Raw is hosted by Bridge.
Now, why does this matter and what does all of this mean? Well let's take a look. Here I'll go ahead and press the Spacebar key to exit out of this slide and then go back to my Raw file here. Next I am going to navigate to the File pull-down menu and then select open in Camera Raw, and right next to that you see that shortcut, right? It says Cmd+R or Ctrl+R on Windows. When you click on that or press that shortcut key, and if you exit the full-screen mode by clicking on this icon, you can see that Adobe Camera Raw is hosted by Bridge.
In other words, Adobe Camera Raw never stands on its own, rather it needs to be hosted by Photoshop or by Bridge. Well here, let's go ahead and click Cancel and let's go back to Bridge and next use our other shortcut. Remember that one, its Cmd+O on a Mac or Ctrl+O on Windows. Well here, you notice, I had to jump to Photoshop and now I'm inside of Photoshop, Photoshop is hosting Camera Raw, I could then work on my image here. Okay, well what's the big deal and what's the advantage of knowing these two shortcuts? Well, let's click Cancel in order to go back to Bridge and here I'll go to File and then choose Browse in Bridge.
And back in Bridge, I wanted to highlight how we have these two techniques for opening up our photographs, so that we can start to think about how we might want to multitask. In other words, what you might want to do is work on something in Photoshop, perhaps you have a 300 MB file and you press Save and that's going to kind of hang up Photoshop. Well, you could then do that, leave, come back to Bridge and then use the shortcut to open up your Raw file in Camera Raw inside of Bridge and then you could just keep working.
In other words, this allows you to multitask between these two applications. Well, another way that we can open up our photograph, our Raw file, is to right-click or Ctrl+Click. When you do that you have an option for Open in Camera Raw in this contextual menu and if you select that, it will open your files up in Adobe Bridge here inside of Camera Raw. Last but not least, we have a preference that I want to share with you. If you go to Adobe Bridge and then select your Preferences, here underneath the General tab, we have an option.
If we double-click our file, it will either edit or open up the file in Camera Raw in Bridge if we turn this on, or if we turn this off, double-clicking Raw files will open up those files in Camera Raw in Photoshop. What I found in my own workflow is that often I work with these really big files and so I want to kind of free up Photoshop, so it doesn't have to worry about or think about Camera Raw, so that I can really work with Camera Raw in a way that it's tied to Bridge. So in my own workflow, I turn on this Preference and then click OK.
In doing that when you double-click Raw files, well, that will launch Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Camera Raw will then be hosted by Bridge. Alright, well now that I've covered all of these different techniques and different ways for opening up your files in Camera Raw, which technique is best? Well that's completely up to you and your own workflow. What I wanted to do is to just show you the whole array of options, so that you could then make the best choice, in regards to how you're going to open up and work with the Raw files in your own workflow.
- Comparing the raw, JPG, and TIFF formats
- Converting or saving to the DNG format
- Enhancing color and tone
- Cropping and composing
- Sharpening and noise reduction
- Using the Camera Raw histogram
- Batch editing
- Correcting for under- and overexposure
- Retouching blemishes
- Making lens corrections
- Calibrating your camera
- Speeding up your workflow with actions