5 Replies Latest reply on Jun 3, 2013 9:42 PM by station_two

    Weird (old) camera raw dialogue box when opening .RAW files


      Hi guys,


      I am getting a strange dialogue box (attached image) when I open my RAW files.


      These RAW files are produced by a Fuji SP-3000 scanner.


      If I scan one negative, two files are produced — a RAW file and a .LI file (image also attached).


      When I punch in some pixels into the dialogue box, the image then opens and is just a blurred mess of pixels (actually, the patterns are kinda cool) but they're not the image I'm after.


      I am wondering if anyone has had any experience with this dialogue box and possibly how to solve it and get an actual image.


      One of the main problems I think I have is that I don't actually know the pixel dimensions of the image to begin with, so I am stabbing in the dark when I punch in pixel values.


      Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.








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        • 1. Re: Weird (old) camera raw dialogue box when opening .RAW files
          Level 5

          The ancient and obsolete Photoshop Raw format has absolutely nothing to do with RAW digital photo images, nor with raw files from a scanner.


          Do not attempt to use it to save your scans.  Save as TIFF or PSD.


          If the scanner software by default saves them as proprietary raw scan files, then use the scanner software to open them, but you're much better off setting the default file format to save your scans as TIFFs or PSDs.

          • 2. Re: Weird (old) camera raw dialogue box when opening .RAW files
            Level 5

            Needless to say, that has nothing to do with Camera Raw either.

            • 3. Re: Weird (old) camera raw dialogue box when opening .RAW files
              Level 5

              See here, for instance:

              Photoshop Raw format


              The Photoshop Raw format is a flexible file format for transferring images between applications and computer platforms. This format supports CMYK, RGB, and grayscale images with alpha channels, and multichannel and Lab images without alpha channels. Documents saved in the Photoshop Raw format can be of any pixel or file size, but they cannot contain layers.


              The Photoshop Raw format consists of a stream of bytes describing the color information in the image. Each pixel is described in binary format, with 0 representing black and 255 white (for images with 16‑bit channels, the white value is 65535). Photoshop designates the number of channels needed to describe the image, plus any additional channels in the image. You can specify the file extension (Windows), file type (Mac OS), file creator (Mac OS), and header information.


              In Mac OS, the file type is generally a four-character ID that identifies the file—for example, TEXT identifies the file as an ASCII text file. The file creator is also generally a four-character ID. Most Mac OS applications have a unique file creator ID that is registered with the Apple Computer Developer Services group.


              The Header parameter specifies how many bytes of information appear in the file before actual image information begins. This value determines the number of zeroes inserted at the beginning of the file as placeholders. By default, there is no header (header size = 0). You can enter a header when you open the file in Raw format. You can also save the file without a header and then use a file-editing program, such as HEdit (Windows) or Norton Utilities® (Mac OS), to replace the zeroes with header information.

              You can save the image in an interleaved or non-interleaved format. If you choose interleaved, the color values (red, green, and blue, for example) are stored sequentially. Your choice depends on requirements of the application that will open the file.


              Note:  A Photoshop Raw image is not in the same file format as a camera raw image file from a digital camera. A camera raw image file is in a camera-specific proprietary format that is essentially a “digital negative,” with no filtering, white balance adjustments, or other in-camera processing.