In the previous chapters, we showed you how to drive Camera Raw and Bridge in detail (some might say exhaustive detail). But knowing what buttons to push to get the desired result just means you know how to do the work. To turn that understanding into a practical workflow, you need to understand and optimize each part of the process. So this chapter will contain plenty of details, but we’ll put them in the context of the big picture.
A raw workflow consists of five basic stages. You may revisit some of them—going back and looking at the initial rejects, or processing the images to different kinds of output files—but everything you do falls into one of these stages (see Figure 7-1