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Jamie J. Lange
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member since: 7/27/2007
 

RAW Files and Photoshop


I have several questions.
1. How does everyone manage and organize their files when using PS? I use elements and it has an organizer.

2. Where is the best (free) place to find video or how to tutorials on using PS?

3. Can I work my RAW files in Elements 3.0? I have a Canon 5D and the file name is CR2. I do not think that it supports this. If not should I upgrade and to what?

Thanks to everyone in advance.

11/18/2008 8:55:16 PM

 
John Sandstedt
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member since: 8/8/2001
  1. How does everyone manage and organize their files when using PS? I use elements and it has an organizer.

Many people use Organizer. It was updated to something called File Browser in Elements 4; Photoshop CS2 includes Bridge.

Everyone organizes files differently. I suggest you check out The DAM Book [digital asset management] by Peter Keogh. It's based on using CS2, but the principals are applicable to all digital image files.

Also check our DAM programs like Bibble or ACDSee. Check this month's Shutterbug, there's an ad for Bibble. Keogh discusses several in The DAM Book.


2. Where is the best (free) place to find video or how to tutorials on using PS?

On the Internet. Search on Photoshop Tutorials. You'll get lots of them. Some are free, even from Total Training. AboutPhotography.com is very good.


3. Can I work my RAW files in Elements 3.0? I have a Canon 5D and the file name is CR2. I do not think that it supports this. If not should I upgrade and to what?

Yes, using Adobe Camera RAW and that should be on your computer as part of Elements 3.0. If it's not, go the Adobe web site and download the most current [and appropriate] update. Be careful though, some of the newer versions only work using Elements 6 and CS3 or higher. The older version, suitable for Elements 3, remain available.

11/19/2008 1:09:03 PM

 
Richard Lynch
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  Just another take, John's answers seem fine.

1. I use a customized file system of folders to sort images into. I don't depend on Organizer, Bridge, etc., as I am not too confident that the systems won't change again as they have in the past. Not every organizational system is compatible with others, and I don't want to get caught in a system that goes out of business. Folders, I think, will be around for a really long time. I think file management is very personal. Browser/Bridge/Organizer are great for taking a look at the images/previewing, however.

2. The best free place to get help are Adobe's Help files. They won't pretend to tell you a lot about HOW, but the features are explained. A lot of tutorials I watch on the internet are simply frightening as to what they suggest to do to images and the lack of understanding they have of both digital images and the right way to process them. Even many authors and experts dole out advice that isn't very good in practice. Important items like calibration and setting up color management are not always addressed sensibly if at all. One well-known author uses the phrase "just trust me", in my estimation because he is not quite sure why himself. To boot, the advice he gives in that context is wrong. Whatever sources you try, be sure they have good RATIONAL explanations as to why and how things work. if you don't understand the reasons, you'll never improve with the program beyond simple tasks.

3. looks covered to me.

I hope that helps!

Richard Lynch

11/19/2008 4:35:58 PM

 

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