Please refer Process camera raw images in Photoshop Elements
You need to mention the Camera model you are using as it may/may not be supported with Elements 12.See FAQ: Will Photoshop Elements work with my camera, or Why won't my raw files open?
- Can anyone tell me how to open up a NEF file
Be aware that there's not just one file type known as a NEF file.
Nikon Raw files (NEF files) are unique to every camera model and every new camera model introduces a new NEF file type to the market.
There are literally dozens of different NEF file types and support for them depends on the version of Camera Raw plugin you're using in your Elements software.
Supported cameras are listed here: Cameras supported by Adobe Camera Raw
So the first question is which Nikon camera model are your NEF files from?
Thank you. My camera is the D5500. I will check on your link. - mb
Thanks John. This is helpful. My camera is D5500. I will check your link. A friend told me that Adobe Photoshop should have a download / update for my camera and to check on their site. I'll report back if I get it to work. mb
The D5500 was first fully supported in Camera Raw 8.8/9.0 which is only compatible with Elements 13 and later. So you won't be able to open NEF files from the D5500 in Elements 12.
- Pay to upgrade to Elements 14, or
- Download the free Adobe DNG converter, convert all D5500 NEF files to DNG format then edit the DNG files in Elements 12
Digital Negative (DNG), Adobe DNG Converter | Adobe Photoshop CC