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Well, I have bad news for you, Teresa. What you are missing is a new version of Photoshop. :)
Raw files from the Rebel XT were not supported until Photoshop CS2.
Your alternatives are:
* Use the DNG Converter to convert your raw files to DNG.
* Use Canon's Digital Photo Pro software to convert your raw files to TIFFs and then use those in Photoshop (that software should have come with your camera and you can download updates from Canon's site).
* Upgrade to a newer version of Photoshop (CS4 is light-years ahead of CS in terms of raw development).
* Use another raw developer like Lightroom, Bibble, Capture One, or many others.
* Shoot Jpeg.
Download the free, stand alone Adobe DNG Converter version 5.3, and convert your raw files to DNG files first. Then you can open them in ACR 2.4.
Your camera's raw files are not supported directly by ACR 2.4 and never will be. You MUST convert them to DNG files first.
lol.. That is bad news.
But at least I know what the problem is now.
As you both advised, I just downloaded the Adobe DNG Converter version 5.3, converted them to DNG files, and I can now open the Raw DNG files in CS.
It's certainly an indirect way of doing it but at least I can play around with Camera Raw.. to see what it's like (I've been using the basic Raw converter that came with the camera). I'll put CS4 on my Christmas wish list :)
Thank you very much for your quick responses!
>I'll put CS4 on my Christmas wish list
Check here first. By then you'll be just a few months away from CS5.
When's CS5 supposed to be released?
Adobe seems to be on an 18-month release cycle, CS4 was released four months ago, that puts CS5 sometime in April or May of 2009, like I said, by Christmas "you'll be just a few months away from CS5". :)
> It's certainly an indirect way of doing it but at least I can play around with Camera Raw.. to see what it's like (I've been using the basic Raw converter that came with the camera). I'll put CS4 on my Christmas wish list :)
You should also install a trail version of PSCS4 and play with that. The changes
in Camera Raw between CS and CS4 are something you simply have to experience