8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 1, 2009 2:51 AM by Ramón G Castañeda


      I usually work with my NEF raw files then convert to JPEG for publishing. I have a client who needs them converted to photoshop RAW files.

      I did a "save as" then saved the files as RAW. Now when I open them up they are just a bunch of colorful lines. What is going on? What am I doing wrong? I have a deadline fast approaching, and have no idea what to do! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      you can contact me at jessicabjorn@comcast.net if you have any questions about specifics!
        • 1. Re: PROBLEM HELP!!!
          Level 1
          > I have a client who needs them converted to photoshop RAW files.

          No, he doesn't...he may THINK he does, but he really doesn't. You can convert NEF to DNG files in Camera Raw and save those out. They will be raw from the standpoint they haven't been processed yet. But the won't be "Photoshop RAW" files because that's an old method of encoding only the raw pixel data and has zero (nothing) to do with digital photography. If you open a raw file into Photoshop and process, there's really no way to save that back out as a raw file.

          As far as emailing you...I don't think so. This isn't the "help desk" for free education...this is the Camera Raw forum where people discuss the main topic, Camera Raw. Posts are answered (or not) as people feel like it and the only acceptable method of communication in the forums is by actually posting.
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            Ramón G Castañeda Level 4
            Jessica, <br /> <br /> First, a couple of pointers: posting your email publicly is an invitation to the spammerbots, which is fine if you just love to be greeted by a large volume of spam email every day. <br /> <br /> Second, email responses would defeat the purpose of the forum, which is for everybody to benefit from all questions and answers, not just the original poster. <br /> <br /> Now to your question: Why on earth would your client need <i>Photoshop Raw files</i>? That needs to be answered first. I wonder if your client understands what a Photoshop Raw file is? <br /> <br /> Did you read the warning notice that appears on the Photoshop Raw Options when you save? <br /> <br />c <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1QBD3hznWBPBrfervjUxPfnPd61" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1QBD3hznWBPBrfervjUxPfnPd61_thumb.jpg" border="0" /> <br /> <blockquote> <br /> The Photoshop Raw file format is used to import data into Photoshop from applications that cannot write file formats that are recognized by Photoshop. The Raw format is also used to export data from Photoshop that can be read by such applications. <br /> <br />The Raw format file is an uncompressed, binary file that contains only image data and no header or color palette information. The header data must be entered into Photoshop when the file is imported. <br /> <br />The Raw file data is nothing more than a series of pixel values starting from the upper-left pixel in the image and continuing downward. Each value is stored as a BYTE with a value in the range 0 (black, or least intense) to 255 (white, or most intense). RGB pixels are always stored in red-green-blue order, and CMYK pixels are always stored in cyan-magenta-yellow-key order.</blockquote> <br /> <br /> For further details <a href="http://www.fileformat.info/format/psd/egff.htm"> <u> <b>CLICK HERE</b> </u> </a>. <br /> <br /> Finally, a Photoshop Raw file has absolutely nothing to do with Camera Raw. So even if a Photoshop Raw file is really needed, this would be the wrong forum to ask for assistance. You need the appropriate Photoshop forum for the platform of your choice, Macintosh or Windows. <br /> <br /> <a target="new" href="http://www.adobeforums.com/webx?50@@.2cd06cd9"> <b> <u> <font color="blue">CLICK HERE</font> </u> </b> </a> for advice on how to ask your question correctly for quicker answers. Thanks!
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              Ramón G Castañeda Level 4
              Jeff beat me to it. I'm a lousy typist.
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                Anthony.Ralph Level 2
                I wonder if your client is actually asking for the raw files - ie. in your case the NEF files?

                Personally I would not normally supply RAW files as they are my digital negatives. Having processed your images in CR or LR or whatever I would suggest supplying TIF files. This gives you a chance to imbed whatever exif data and copyright information into the file you want.

                Of course a good question for your client might be "why do you want 'Photoshop Raw' files?"

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                  Ramón G Castañeda Level 4
                  If the client doesn't give you a satisfactory answer, just send them true Photoshop Raw files and let them deal with the "just a bunch of colorful lines." :D
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                    Rob Keijzer Level 1
                    Today's clients often ask for:

                    1. The Camera Raw Files
                    2. The Copyright
                    3. permission to use my camera.

                    ad 1:

                    Never do that. a Camera Raw file is only half the photographers job. It's not ready yet. A lot of the artistic "steering" of the shot is yet to be done. Further, clients are seldom professional digital editors/artists.

                    ad 2:

                    When a client asks to take over Copyright, he/she usually wants unlimited use of the shot.

                    ad 3:

                    Camera's don't make photographs. Photographers do. Often I hear "Well if I had your equipment then I'd have no trouble in doing it myself".

                    These days there's often the need for a lot of re-education towards would-be photographers, that have Photoshop, but nothing to pour into it.

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                      How do I now that I use my Leica Digilux 3 rawfiles?
                      Harrie Janssens
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                        Ramón G Castañeda Level 4
                        The OP never came back. Harrie posted a cryptical question, A doomed thread.