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You need to install the plug-in, not try to open it in Photoshop Elements. The instructions are on the download page at http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4000
To install with Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0:
1. Exit Photoshop Elements
2. Open My Computer
3. Double-click Local Disk (C:)
4. Navigate to: (Please read directory carefully)
Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 6.0\Plug-Ins\File Formats
5. Move the existing Camera Raw.8bi plug-in to another location (for example, a new folder on your desktop). Ensure you keep this version in case you need to revert back.
6. Copy the Camera Raw plug-in, Camera Raw.8bi, from the download into the same folder as Step 4.
7. Launch Photoshop Elements.
Also, please note that there is a newer version (4.6) available at http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4040.
Instructions for installing are the same.
I have Elements 5.0 and keep getting a message reading "file is damaged or in a format not included in the organizer." Any ideas? Please Help.
What kind of file are you trying to open?
it reads that when I am uploading the RAW files (pics) from my camera. any thoughts?
You need to specify the kind of file (raw or JPEG) and the specific make and model of the camera in order to give John the information he requested.
The file is RAW, the camera is a Canon Rebel Xti, and the editing program is Photoshop Elements 5.0
What version of Camera Raw do you have installed? You need version 3.6 or later to support the Canon Rebel Xti.
Camera Raw 3.7 is available here if you don't already have it:
I think that Camera Raw 4.x will also work with Photoshop Elements 5. Version 4.6 is available here:
So I forgot to mention I am on a MAC...I saw the page you referenced and it appears that I am trying to install a windows update is that correct?
If you're on a Mac, you need the Mac version, of course. The Windows version will do you no good.
Congratulations on coming over to the Mac side. :) (Typing MAC for Mac is a giveaway. ;))
The Mac updates for Camera Raw are available here:
doesn't Elements 5.0 come ready to run RAW? Why would I need an add-on? I will try the link and hopefully it works. If I don't get back... thanks a ton and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!
Elements cannot open RAW files; only the ACR plug-in can. The ACR plug-in gets updated three or four times a year. The one installed by default is already obsolete.
Be advised that Camera Raw (the ACR plug-in) is emasculated in Elements by design, compared to its functionality in the full version of Photoshop.