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Learn how to edit JPEG and TIFF File in Camera Raw 4.0.
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So with all the stuff we have talked about in the new Camera Raw, there is one thing that really blows my mind and that's the new ability to edit both JPEG and TIF files using the Camera Raw dialog box. This is an amazing feat because now you have the ability to non-destructively edit your JPEGs and TIFs, the same way you do images directly from your camera. So for those of you who are unable to shoot Camera Raw or for those of you who just simply choose not to shoot Camera Raw, now you have the unbelievable control and same kind of advantages as those of us who do or can shoot Camera Raw.
So what I am going to do is come down here now and I can click Done on this image and we are going to jump back into the Adobe Bridge. Once inside the Bridge, I am going to select Headphone Boy.jpg and in order to open this image in Camera Raw, you can do one of two things. You can go ahead and hit Command+R on Mac, Ctr+R on PC or simply right-click and then choose Open in Camera Raw. Once you do that, your JPEG or TIF will automatically open inside of the Camera Raw dialog box.
Now, for those of you who have been using Photoshop and Camera Raw for a long time, this has really got to blow your mind because this is something that we have never seen before. Now, I have this JPEG open in Camera Raw and I have the exact same capabilities as I did with a raw image before. Now, you will notice a couple of differences. For instance, the Temperature and Tint sliders are automatically zeroed out and that is because there is actually no data on this image of when it was shot. So there was no actual Temperature or Tint because this is a JPEG file.
So now these values will represent relative controls as opposed to absolute controls. But now we have the ability to cool the image down if we want to or warm it back up. We can also cut the magenta and the green values by moving that slider as you can see the changes happening there with a live preview right there in the Preview pane. Also, we have the ability still to control the Exposure and this is probably the most amazing thing because it's actually just taking this image and adjusting it just as you would an original image from your camera sensor.
So we can even add the Recovery to bring back some of our lost highlights and we can also increase the Fill Light to bring back some details in the shadows. So now inside of Camera Raw, we have the most amazing capabilities on these JPEG and TIF files that essentially, we don't even need to make these kind of adjustments inside of Photoshop. That's why I recommend opening your files now inside of Camera Raw in order to get these type of controls and then when you want to open your image in Photoshop to do some special effects or anything else like that, you will be able to do so and Photoshop will automatically recognize whatever settings that you just applied to your image inside of Camera Raw.
Another way to do that would be to use Camera Raw to place this image into your Photoshop document as a smart object and by doing that, you would also maintain the Camera Raw Edit ability so that you can open it back up and adjust it as you see fit and then you would be able to go back and it would auto-update inside of Photoshop as well. So I am going to go ahead and click Done and now you will see as soon as I do that, you get an automatic updated preview of what you just did inside the Bridge. So this is just an amazing way to edit and transform your TIFs and JPEG images inside of the new Adobe Camera Raw 4. So let's take a little recap here as to what we have learned in this particular chapter.
We have learned how to open Camera Raw. We have learned what all the little controls inside the Camera Raw dialog box do. We have also learned how to adjust white balance, adjust the temperature settings of an image, we have learned how to increase the exposure of an image and then adjust the highlights, mid-tones and shadows accordingly. We have also learned how to get better grayscale conversions using Camera Raw, and also how to introduce some color back into those grayscales by using the new split tone sliders inside of Camera Raw.
We have also seen one of the most amazing things to happen to the Photoshop world that I have ever seen frankly, and that's the new ability to edit JPEGs and TIFs inside of Camera Raw. So all in all, the new Camera Raw is more powerful, faster and has more capabilities than ever before.