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Help please. I've taken some shots in Raw format, will I lose anything by converting and saving as Tiffs, using the Canon Software, before processing in Photoshop CS4. I haven't got Raw processing in Photoshop, I've tried to download it from the net with no success. I'd be grateful for any advice.
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If you are shooting in Raw then its probably more beneficial to use Raw software before saving to Tiff...otherwise you are not getting the benefits from the raw file....
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If you have Photoshop CS4 it has Adobe Camera RAW 5 with it. To update it select the update option in Photoshop's Help menu.
Quote: will I lose anything by converting and saving as Tiffs, using the Canon Software, before processing in Photoshop CS4
No, you won't. When you 'save as' a TIFF the RAW file is converted into a TIFF but still leaves the original RAW file.
As mentioned CS4 will have it's own RAW converter but same principal applies re the RAW/TIFF file.
If you are using Photoshop CS4, Why not use Adobe Camera Raw version 5.6.....
You open your Raw files straight into CS4, Make whatever adjustments you care to via the Camera Raw interface, Hit " Open Image " and its there in Photoshop ready for further more intensive adjusments......!!!
You can if you prefer save the Raw files at this point, The file type is anything you care to save it as, 16 bit or 8 bit Tiff....etc etc....!!!
Once you have saved it as a Tiff, You can carry on working with it as a Tiff......
You still have your " Original Untouched " Raw file as no changes takes place on the opening file.
Having said all that, There is a new school of thought, That rather than mess around with huge 16 bit Tiff files, You instead just open your Raw file via Camera Raw straight into Photoshop, Then work on it as a " RAW " file throughout the whole process to the finished image........Then and only then, Choose the file type that is suitable/required for your output intention.....
If you are running Adobe Photoshop CS4, Do you really need seperate raw convertors at all.....? ? ?
Whatever.....Here is a link to download the latest fully automated Adobe Camera RAW version 5.6, Just download and run the exe.......It does it all for you......
As the others have mentioned you have a camera raw in CS4 but having experimented with this I find the RAW processing capabilities of Aperture or Lightroom to be better. My preference is Lightroom if you need to extract shadow detail and Aperture on the highlight recovery detail. You can also access the Adobe Camera RAW from Bridge on a Mac. All of these then allow you to save a Tiff and leave your RAW untouched.
All the best
Quote: you have a camera raw in CS4 but having experimented with this I find the RAW processing capabilities of Aperture or Lightroom to be better.
Really? I was under the impression that it's exactly the same raw processor in CS4 & Lightroom. What have I missed?
Quote: camera raw in CS4 but having experimented with this I find the RAW processing capabilities of Aperture or Lightroom to be better
Strange, As the ACR in PS/CS4 is exactly the same Raw Engine that is used in Lightroom 2.
Colour management settings aside, If you look at the ACR interface, Its identical to those on offer in LR 2, However unless you have changed it, LR 2 by default uses ProPhoto RGB, Rather than Adobe RGB, So that can make a real difference in the image appearance.....!!!
ACR is available via bridge on a Windows computer also, Can't say the same about " Aperture " though as its not cross platform capable, Unlike Adobe software....
Just to emphasis my point regarding processing as a RAW file without the need to convert to a TIFF file first, Those using Lightroom 2 to process just import the images, Then get straight down to making adjustments, There is NO convert to Tiff process.....
In Lightroom 2 the only time you make a decision on what file type to convert to, Is when your have finished processing the image, Where you can then choose your prefered/required file type.....
EDIT Uh Oh! Beaten to it by a speedy mod.....
Thanks very much for the help, I've now got it sorted, have downloaded the update and can do my processing in Raw in Photoshop.
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