6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 12, 2009 3:34 PM by bcfcok RSS

    Photoshop Elements 8 and Camera Raw


      I have Elements 8 installed on my Dell notebook (INSPIRON mini) I have installed the Camera Raw 5.5 plug-in and I am using a Nikon D90 camera.


      The plug-in has been installed in "Program files/Adobe/Photoshop Elements 8/Plug-Ins/File Formats/ and the file name is Camera Raw.8BI


      Every time I click on a NEF file to load into camera raw, a window appears in Elements saying reading camera raw format and a progress bar under it, when the file has been loaded it opens up in Elements and not in Camera raw. I am now at a lose as what else I can do to correct this problem.


      Any ideas???

        • 1. Re: Photoshop Elements 8 and Camera Raw
          D Fosse-QDEaQ1 Community Member

          It sounds as if you have a Nikon plug-in there as well. This will override the Camera Raw plugin, so you need to remove it.


          That's how it used to be, at least.

          • 2. Re: Photoshop Elements 8 and Camera Raw
            comulab Community Member

            I don't have a Nikon plug-in installed

            • 3. Re: Photoshop Elements 8 and Camera Raw
              ssprengel CommunityMVP

              What are you "in" when you click on an NEF to open in Elements 8: Organizer, the Elements File/Open menu?   The progress-bar behavior you describe sounds like what I see going from Lightroom into Photoshop CS4 where all the RAW adjustments have been done in Lightroom, itself, and I'm doing some Photoshopping to the result of the RAW conversion.  Since all the ACR adjustments are done in LR, itself, all LR does is pass these adjustments invisibly to Photoshop and Photoshop calls on ACR to silently render the file into the Photoshop workspace with only a progress bar as evidence something is occurring. 


              If you are opening the NEF from Organizer or the Elements Photoeditor, itself, then it doesn't quite make sense you wouldn't be able to see ACR, but perhaps there is some "simple" or "express" mode you have set and it doesn't show complicated things like ACR.  Check to see if there is a preference in Elements that controls this.  You might find more info in an Elements forum if there is one.


              I only have PSE7 and PSE6 so cannot test theories or search preferences, myself.


              You also might try renaming the camera raw.8bi file to camera raw.8bx, temporarily, to see if you get an error.  That would confirm if the ACR you give the location for is what is giving the progress bar or if something else has inserted itself in the process and bypassing ACR.


              With Elements 7 I think there are two different places that the Camera RAW can reside, one particular to the user and one not, so maybe there is more than one Camera RAW.8bi as well and you might have to search your hard drive for it to make sure you've renamed them all for the experiment.

              • 4. Re: Photoshop Elements 8 and Camera Raw

                Try updating your video card drivers. It worked for me.

                • 5. Re: Photoshop Elements 8 and Camera Raw
                  b_gossweiler Community Member

                  1) Location of Camera Raw Plugin

                  With PSE8, the file Camera Raw.8bi has been moved from

                  C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 8.0\Plug-Ins\File Formats


                  C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\Elements 8\File Formats

                  This is not documented in the ACR 5.5 Installation Guide yet, but PSE 8 comes with ACR 5.5 anyway.


                  2) ACR not loading, but PSE Editor

                  This sounds to me like the Screen Resolution Problem described here.


                  Beat Gossweiler


                  • 6. Re: Photoshop Elements 8 and Camera Raw
                    bcfcok Community Member

                    Thank you.

                    The problem was resolved by simply updating the video card device drivers.

                    Thanks to tech.support at onOne Software who suggested it might be the case.

                    This was the driver I had was NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Driver Date 02/08/2008  Driver version

                    This is the driver I have now is NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT Driver Date 27/09/2009Driver version


                    kind regards