No, not at all. First place a raw file on your Desktop.
From the menu: File > Open...
In the Open dialog, choose Desktop on the left and your raw should show up in the files and folders window.
Double-click on that raw file and tell me what happens next.
Photoshop is a professional level application that makes no apologies for its very long and steep learning curve.
Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) requires a lot of reading to master.
Raw files should automatically open in ACR when you double-click on them. ACR can be hosted either by Photoshop or by Adobe Bridge, and the respective application will launch when you double click on the raw file and present you with your file open in ACR.
The purpose of ACR is to convert the raw file into something you can see and use. Raw files are very, very dark gray-scale images with nothing a human eye can discern as color.
Forget about "Smart Objects" for now, that is something you will only be able to understand or use until you are proficient with Photoshop, many months or a couple of years from now if you are truly dedicated and take a Photoshop course at a community college near you.
You cannot open a raw file in Photoshop directly. It has to be converted in ACR first.
Opening JPEGs in Adobe Camera Raw is a relatively recent convenience for users who are experienced with ACR. You're still left with the cr@appy quality of the original, cooked JPEG.
Gener7, It opens in Camera Raw!!!
…it opens in Camera Raw!!!
Station_two - Yes...I'm beginning to gather there's a wee bit of a learning curve!! I've been going through the tutorials but yes...it's definitely more in-depth than I had realized! We'll see, I'll give it the ol' college try and see how the 30 days goes!!
Here are two methods:
1. Let's assume you are on a Windows machine - any version. Right-click any Raw file and choose "Open with". If you do not see Photoshop listed look for an option that let's you browse. Browse to Photoshop and select it.
From now on whenever you double-click a Raw file it will open in ACR.
2. Open Photoshop, click File, Open and browse to any Raw file and open it. It will open in ACR.
In both of the above cases you can adjust the image in ACR then click Open at the bottom to bring the file into Photoshop.
Yes, Photoshop hosts ACR, but the simplest way to show that to you was to ask you to use File > Open.
Now as for Bridge CC, it's a separate download. It's like the File > Open on steroids. You really should download it.
It's called "Bridge" because it's a file manager for programs like PS, Illustrator and Indesign...it "Bridges" these programs, so to speak.
You do have a lot of learning, so I'll just keep it short and simple.
You cannot learn Photoshop from scratch in a forum, question by question.
As I've typed countless times over the years, Photoshop is a professional level application that makes no apologies for its long and steep learning curve.
Your needs far exceed the scope of this forum.
To start learning, take a class in your nearest community college or similar educational institute, watch the Adobe video tutorials on this site, take a subscription to lynda.com, etc. There are many learning tools out there, just Google "learning Photoshop".
Good luck (and please remember this is a user site. I do not work for Adobe).