Chapter Three. Raw System Overview

Camera Raw, Bridge, Photoshop, and DNG

This chapter provides a 30,000-foot overview of the whole digital raw system. We’ll discuss the individual components in much more detail in subsequent chapters, but before delving into the minutiae (and there are a lot of details), it’s helpful to have some idea of what the components do and how they interrelate. Notably, with version 4 Camera Raw was no longer limited to working only with raw files; you could also use it to process JPEG and TIFF files. This was a mixed blessing that was bound to cause confusion, which it did—we’ll address this topic in detail in the next chapter, Hands-On Camera Raw. Now, with version 5 Camera Raw is capable of doing local tone and color ...

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