The latest version of Photoshop includes a built-in RAW plug-in that is compatible with the proprietary formats of a growing number of digital cameras, both new and old. This plug-in also works with Photoshop Elements 6.0.
To open a RAW image in Photoshop CS3, just follow these steps (Elements 5.0 and 6.0 users can use much the same workflow, although fewer settings are available):
Transfer the RAW images from your camera to your computer’s hard drive.
In Photoshop, choose Open from the File menu, or use Bridge.
Select a RAW image file. The Adobe Camera Raw plug-in will pop up, showing a preview of the image, like the one shown in Figure 8.18.
Figure 8.18. The basic ACR dialog box looks like this when processing a single ...