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Yes. Just right-clicking the Jpg or Tiff and selecting "Open in Camera Raw" is one way to do it. You can adjust ACR behavior for Jpegs and Tiffs in the ACR Preferences.
The edits made to Jpegs and Tiffs are non-destructive to the actual pixels but you will notice changes to the Jpeg or Tiff filesize and filedate because ACR stores the edit commands inside the file.
To the best of my knowledge, only Adobe products will interpret the ACR edits correctly. Other software will still open the file but the original image will appear and the ACR edits will be ignored. Someone please correct me if I am wrong about that.
Yes, once a JPEG has been opened as Camera Raw, the ACR edits will be
embedded in that original file. The next time it is opened in an
"ACR-enabled" application, such as a newer version of Elements, Photoshop,
or Bridge, the previous adjustments will be reflected. Other viewers or
applications (including earlier versions of Elements) will display the
If the ACR-adjusted image is saved as a new file, under a different name,
that file will display in any and all viewers in its edited version.
Thanks for that info guys. I'll give that a try and let you know how I got on. Happy New Year!
Add Lightroom to Juergen's list.
>Dennis S:Yes. Just right-clicking the Jpg or Tiff and selecting "Open in Camera Raw" is one way to do it. You can adjust ACR behavior for Jpegs and Tiffs in the ACR Preferences.
Keep in mind that once you have added layers to a .tiff file it can no longer be opened in ACR unless you save it in flattened form.
Many thanks for all the inputs particularly about what happens when you save as Tiff etc after opening a Jpeg in ACR. Trouble is despite Dennis' advice I cannot get to it by right clicking and selecting Open With. I get a list of many programs including a new one to me being Microsoft Raw Image Viewer but not ACR. Help!!
Are you in PSE when you click on Open With? It actually should be Open
As... from >File in the Editor. The third or forth option in the dropdown
menu should be Camera Raw.
Else, in Photoshop it is >File >Open As...
Many thanks Juergen, You hit the nail on the head I was not in PSE Editor. I followed your suggestion and got the answer to two threads i have been running. i) This one, how to open a jpg file in Raw and ii) How does one open a DNG file having created one from a Raw file in ACR. I'll let the others know how I did it (following your advice!)
Many thanks again
Thoug I now shoot exclusively in RAW, I use PhotoShop to adjust old jpgs.
Just curious, from everyone's collective experience how does ACR rate compared to PhotoShop for postproduction work on jpgs?
I can see how ACR would be better than PS for correcting white balance but how does it rate for other corrections?
Photoshop, not "PhotoShop".
Sorry, can't help on JPEGs. I simply avoid them.