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Click on the text link at the bottom of the Camera Raw plug-in dialog box. It opens the workflow options dialog box, and you can then use that to set your preference to a 16-bit export.
That is what I have done... but every time I go to open the next image I look at the descriptive text link on the bottom of the ACR display screen and it is again showing 8 bit and I have to go in and change it. I take it that this descriptive text link is the text link you are referencing as to the one I should click on to access workflow options?
ACR 5.2 Leopard 10.5.6 Intel MacPro
The setting should be sticky. Trash your ACR preferences to see if that clears it.
Of course, you do have to open at least one image after setting it. The setting you used for the last image you opened becomes the default each time.
Where is the ACR Pref file located? You are correct, I have been opening images and changing the bit depth from 8 to 16 etc. and the clicking OK. I finish viewing the image or working with the image and close, open another and it's back to 8 bits. Do I have to save changes made to the image in ACR for the bit depth to be retained for the next image? If so, perhaps that's my problem...
You need to Open an image. Click on the Open button in ACR. That will open a copy of the image to RAM in Photoshop, you can then close it without saving.
Anytime you Open an image, the workflow images will change and be sticky.
For the location of preference files, see:
Bennett, when you open a raw file in Camera Raw and finish working on it the choices to click on are Open Image, Cancel, and Done. Which one are you clicking on to close the image in ACR? Cancel will do just that. Cancel the changes and the 16/8 bit setting will not be kept. The other two choices (Open Image and Done) will maintain the changes you made and the 16/8 bit setting and the color space should stick for the next image.