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Learn how to view .DNG images in bridge in this Adobe Photoshop CS2 Advanced training video.
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In this lesson, we are going to take a look at some of the more powerful applications of Camera Raw inside of the new Creative Suite CS2 and we are also going to take a look at some of the new features that have been added to Camera Raw inside CS2. To that end I would like you to go inside of the new Bridge application, which you can get to from Photoshop CS2. If you already have Photoshop CS2 running then you can just press Ctrl+Shift+O or Command+Shift+O on the Mac in order to switch to the Bridge application and you might have to wait a few moments for the application to start up because it is an independent application these days. Then I want you to take the Bridge and train it on the Lesson 02 folder which is inside the Project File, PSCS2 Advanced folder that you installed on your hard drive and you will see a collection of DNG images here.
Now, a few words about Camera Raw, the Camera Raw Plugin which is a separate Plugin form the Photoshop application is specifically applicable to native digital camera documents and these can be saved in a variety of different file formats. Olympus uses ORF, Cannon uses CRW, Nikon relies on NEF and so on. So, every single one of the major camera manufactures has it's own Raw file format. And what I have done here is, I have converted these images which were all shot with an Olympus model of camera, so you would think they all end in ORF for Olympus Raw Format. But instead they all end in DNG and that's because I have taken all of these files and I have converted them to DNG files using Adobe's DNG Converter application. And that utility is available for free from the Adobe website. So you can just go to Adobe.com and look around for the DNG Converter.
DNG by the way stands for Digital Negative and the idea is that this is a lossless conversion. So there is no problem with taking your ORF files or you CRW files or your NEF files or whatever and converting them to DNG and then getting rid of the original files because these are every bit as good. And to a certain extent they are better because Adobe promises that Photoshop will support these files well into the future, this is going to be standardized file format, everyone hopes. And it's a lossless conversion and it applies lossless compression. So these files are actually smaller than the original ORF files were. Each one of these 5 mega pixel images took about 10 Megabytes on disk. When converted to DNG they are only 4 Megabytes and that's thanks once again to the lossless compression, I really want to stress that there is no lossy JPEG type compression going on here at all.
It's also worth noting that these files are rich in terms of bit depth. So they are bigger then 8 bits of data per channel. Instead, these particular files happen to be 10 bits of data per channel. You can also run into images that are 12 bits of data per channel and higher and the idea is you can apply your color corrections to the high bit depth information inside the image and then down sample the image into Photoshop at the same time. So, you basically kill two birds with one stone and you do a beautiful job of rendering your images inside Camera Raw.
Alright, so now how does it work? Well, you may be familiar with Camera Raw, but you are not familiar with a couple of nifty things you can do. For example, not only can you open an image inside Camera Raw, inside Photoshop CS2, but you can also run the Camera Raw Plugin directly inside the Bridge and the benefit there is that you can process multiple Camera Raw images at a time inside the Bridge and then go back to Photoshop and continue to use Photoshop to edit your images while the Bridge is processing things in the background. So, it's completely the best of both worlds. It's really wonderful in terms of multi-tasking and there is less opportunity for Photoshop to keep you waiting. Now, thanks to the new independent Bridge.
Alright, What I want you to do, is I want you to go ahead and select the image that's called mandalaybayview.dng that's inside this Lesson 02 folder. And I am going to go and Zoom in on this image by clicking this little icon here for largest thumbnail size. It will just go ahead and zoom in all the way and this thumbnail in the bottom right corner of your screen, on the right hand side of that little slider bar that allows you to zoom the images and when you zoom in on this image you will see just how rotten it is, I am trying to get rid of that little tip that window shows me habitually here.
Now, this is a very, very bad image, I shot it out of the amber colored windows of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas and I am pointed down the strip here looking at the Luxor, there is the Sphinx and there is the Pyramid of the Luxor. So, I am looking down the entire length of the strip because Mandalay Bay is one of the far sides. But it's just a rotten picture, it was a great view, it looked lovely but there is too much roof inside this picture, I don't have much of a telephoto lens on this particular camera.
So, I can't really zoom in on the details I want to zoom in on and of course I have this horrible color cast abut. But thanks to Camera Raw, I can crop the image, I can fix the image, I can do all of this work to the image and make it look half way decent, not that terribly great as will see, but still much much better then it is now basically, in one operation.