How to open images in Photoshop Camera Raw

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the importance of using Photoshop Camera Raw for graphic designers and photographers. Learning how to handle raw images directly from your camera is essential for creating high-quality and captivating visuals. We’ll also provide step-by-step instructions, complemented by clear visuals, on how to open images in Photoshop Camera Raw.

Why Use Photoshop Camera Raw?

Camera Raw, a powerful image editor within Photoshop, is a crucial tool for professionals in both graphic design and photography. It enables the enhancement and manipulation of raw images, ensuring the production of professional-grade visuals that meet client expectations.

How to Open Images in Photoshop Camera Raw

Method 1: Double-clicking the Image

  1. Ensure Photoshop is not running.
  2. Double-click the image you wish to open in Photoshop Camera Raw.
  3. This action will launch Photoshop and open the Camera Raw window.

Method 2: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Press Ctrl + Click (Mac) or Right-Click (Windows) on the image file.
  2. Select “Open with > Adobe Photoshop CS6.”
  3. This will launch Photoshop (if not already open) and open the Camera Raw window.

Opening Images from Photoshop or Bridge

From Adobe Bridge:

  1. Click once on the desired image (Raw, JPEG, or TIFF).
  2. Press Ctrl + R (Windows) or Cmd + R (Mac).
  3. Alternatively, activate an image in the Content panel and choose “File > Open in Camera Raw.”

Bridge Example

From Adobe Photoshop:

  1. Navigate to Photoshop’s File menu and select “Open As.”
  2. Browse to locate the JPEG or TIFF image.
  3. Click on the file, then change the pop-up menu to “Camera Raw” and click Open.

For Mac users, follow the same steps, but select “Open” from Photoshop’s File menu.

Photoshop Example

Making JPEGs and TIFFs Always Open in Camera Raw

For Photographers:

  1. Go to Photoshop > Preferences > Camera Raw (Mac) or Edit > Preferences > Camera Raw (Windows).
  2. In the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, under JPEG and TIFF Handling, set both options to “Automatically Open All Supported JPEGs” and “Automatically Open all Supported TIFFs.”
  3. Click OK. Note that this change will take effect upon the next Photoshop startup.

Opening Multiple Files in Camera Raw

  1. In Bridge, open the folder containing your photos.
  2. Shift + Click to select multiple images.
  3. Choose “File > Open In Camera Raw.”

Your selected images will open in Camera Raw, ready for editing.


With this guide, you’re now equipped to enhance your images in Camera Raw, ensuring top-notch picture quality. These simple steps and tips will help you streamline your editing process and produce professional-grade visuals for clients and business promotions. Happy editing!

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