Phase 3: Image File Conversion and Optimization

The largest part of the book is dedicated to this phase. In recent years, RAW converters have become increasingly capable of performing the image optimization processes that used to be the preserve of Photoshop. Most of today’s RAW editors (such as Nikon Capture NX and LightZone) as well as the newer all-in-one workflow packages (such as Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, Bibble 5, and Capture One) are capable of processing not only RAW images, but also JPEG, TIFF, and even Photoshop PSD files.

The steps involved in converting and optimizing RAW image data

Figure 2-8. The steps involved in converting and optimizing RAW image data

Most RAW editors ...

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