Edit JPEGs in Cam­era Raw

George Cairns ex­plains how to ap­ply stan­dard RAW edit­ing tools to a reg­u­lar JPEG im­age

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Tweak a JPEG file in the most popular RAW ed­i­tor – it’s easy!

The pro­cess­ing tools in Adobe Cam­era Raw (ACR) are de­signed to work with un­com­pressed RAW files, but you can also ap­ply them to com­pressed JPEGs. JPEGs lack the ex­tra colour and tonal in­for­ma­tion that’s in a RAW file (see Niko­pe­dia, page 72), but you can still use Cam­era Raw’s tools to work on them.

By edit­ing a JPEG in Cam­era Raw you have a cleaner im­age-edit­ing en­vi­ron­ment. The RAW ed­i­tor is de­signed to help you im­prove the colours, tones and com­po­si­tion of an im­age quickly and eas­ily. It places the most use­ful photo-fix­ing tools close to hand, so you can work more quickly when pro­cess­ing your images. The RAW ed­i­tor’s his­togram also en­ables you to iden­tify clipped ar­eas more eas­ily, so you can re­store miss­ing tonal de­tail in seconds.

Fi­nally, the RAW ed­i­tor pro­vides a quicker and eas­ier way to in­crease mid­tone con­trast than the stan­dard ed­i­tor, so it’s well worth tak­ing a look at, even if you don’t shoot in RAW.

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