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Converting, opening, and saving Camera Raw files

Still with us? At long last, you get to open your Camera Raw file into Photoshop.

To open a photo from Camera Raw into Photoshop:

  1. After applying adjustments to your photo in Camera Raw, click Open Image; or if you opened and corrected multiple files, select them on the left side of the dialog, then click Open Images.
  2. The photo appears as the Background in a new Photoshop document (or documents). Save the file(s) in the Photoshop (PSD) format.

    Note: If Open in Photoshop as Smart Objects is checked in the Workflow Options dialog (see page 60), the Open Image button is labeled Open Object and a photo opens as a Smart Object in a new Photoshop document. To learn about the advantages of using Smart Objects, see pages 262 and 265. To edit the Camera Raw settings of a Smart Object, see page 266. If the workflow option is off, you can convert the Open Image button to Open Object by holding down Shift.

    • To close the Camera Raw dialog without opening your file, but save your settings to the file as instructions, click Done. The settings will redisplay if you reopen the file in Camera Raw.

If desired, you can open a copy of a Camera Raw file with its current (custom) settings into Photoshop without changing the settings in the original raw or JPEG file.

To open a copy of a camera raw file:

  • In the Camera Raw dialog, hold down Alt/Option and click Open Copy (Open Image or Open Object becomes Open Copy).

Via the Save Options dialog in Camera Raw, you can convert and save a copy of a photo in the Digital Negative (DNG), JPEG, TIFF, or Photoshop (PSD) format.

When you save a copy of a photo in the DNG format via the Save Options dialog, the Camera Raw settings it adopts from the original file remain accessible and editable in Camera Raw. See also the sidebar on this page.

When you save a photo in the JPEG, TIFF, or PSD format via this dialog, the Camera Raw settings are applied to the copy permanently. Although you can open and edit the resulting JPEG or TIFF file in Camera Raw, you will see that the sliders are reset to their default values. PSD files can’t be opened in Camera Raw.

To save a copy of a Camera Raw file in the DNG, JPEG, TIFF, or PSD format:

  1. Open and adjust a photo in Camera Raw.
  2. In the lower-left corner of the dialog, click Save Image. The Save Options dialog opens.
  3. For the Destination, choose Save in Same Location or Save in New Location. For the latter, choose a location in the Select Destination Folder dialog, then click Select.
  4. In the File Naming area, choose a naming or numbering convention from the menu or enter a file name. If desired, you can also choose a naming or numbering convention from the adjacent menu.
  5. Choose a Format: Digital Negative, JPEG, TIFF, or Photoshop, then choose format-related options. For instance, if you cropped the photo in Camera Raw and choose the Photoshop format here, you will need to decide whether to check Preserve Cropped Pixels.
  6. Click Save. A copy of the file appears in the designated location. The original file remains open in Camera Raw, with its current settings.
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