Presently I have Photoshop 5.1 and won't read my RAW files from Canon T5i,
I assume you mean Photoshop CS5.1?
The T5i was first supported in Camera Raw 7.4 which is only supported in CS6 and later. There is no version of Camera Raw for CS5.x which will read T5i Raw files.
- Pay to upgrade to CS6
- Buy Photoshop Elements 13
- Join the Cloud and pay the monthly fee
- Free option: download the free Adobe DNG converter, convert all T5i Raw files to DNG format then edit the DNGs in CS5.1
Photoshop Help | Digital Negative (DNG)
Thanks for your kind and quick response. So I've downloaded the Adobe DNG converter and it works fine. Is there a downside to this option vera pay to upgrade to CS6? Or joining the Cloud?
I thought a plug in means the Adobe DNG converter plugs directly into photoshop. Right now it is outside the application and you need to access this. Not sure if I'm making sense, but thought the plug in would become part of the Photoshop 5.1 and included in the drop down menu. Can this be so? Or is it just a application that I need to open every time I want to convert. Thanks again!
You'll need to open DNG Converter to convert your RAW files every time so that you may work with them in your version of Photoshop.
Any downsides that i should know about using the DNG Converter? Rather then upgrading to a current photoshop? Thanks
Oh, sorry. Meant to address that. I get ahead of myself sometimes.
No, there's no immediate downside to using the DNG Converter other than having to open and convert and taking the time to do so. I'd keep the original RAW files which would increase file storage needed. That's just me though.
Definitely think about getting a sub in the future as it'll future-proof against something like this happening again. The Creative Cloud Photography plan costs $9.99 USD/month (plus applicable taxes) and nets you Photoshop and Lightroom and any and all updates and new features once they roll around.
Also forgot to mention that Photoshop Elements' version of Camera Raw was hobbled compared to its bigger cousins (unless something's changed). Just thought I'd mention it since John mentioned it as an option.
Oh, thanks for clarifying this. Curious why you would keep the RAW files? I noticed when I opened the DNG file I could tweak the image but still revert to the original. Be curious to know your thoughts?
And I will think about subscribing. Thanks for the tip.
Last, didn't understand what was meant about Photo Elements version of camera raw was "hobbled" compared to it's bigger cousin? Please explain.
Thanks so much!
I'm just kind of obsessive-compulsive when it comes to original files where RAW is concerned. You can, of course, embed your RAWs into DNGs, but I'm just the type that wants access to the originals when I want.
The version of Camera Raw in Elements doesn't have all the tools that are in full-on Photoshop Camera Raw. (e.g., Elements Camera Raw only has the Basic and Detail tabs versus, say, the many available in Photoshop Camera Raw like Tone Curve or Camera Calibration. There is no Adjustment Brush in Elements Camera Raw, etc.)
Oh, gotcha! Well thanks for being there for me as I was able to wrap up this project. Otherwise would of been delayed. Appreciate this forum big time! Cheers