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Jamie J. Lange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2007

Raw Files and Photoshop

I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to convert a .dng file to a jpeg so that I can work on it. I have Photoshop Elements 3.0 and inserted a plug-in so that I could do Raw.

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3/4/2009 10:07:53 AM

Jeffrey R. Whitmoyer   I would process the initial raw file in the raw converter, then save as a PSD file. Or if your version doesn't do PSD, save as a TIFF for working on the remaining issues with the image. Only when you are done with the image should you change to a JPEG to avoid loss of data.

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3/4/2009 2:46:31 PM

Jamie J. Lange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2007
  I cannot save it another way in elements or if I can I do not know how and need more help... Thanks in advance

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3/4/2009 3:05:43 PM

Jeffrey R. Whitmoyer   Jamie,
I looked at elements 4.0, though 3 may not have the same options.
If you go to File on the toolbar top left, click on it then go to Save As, click on it and a window should open up. Click on the File type drop down menu and you should be able to choose from a series of different file types. If you can't do PSD in there then do Tiff. You want to save as a lossless file type otherwise you may lose data critical to the quality of the image.
Hope it works for you. BTW, I learned a lot of this by accident or just playing around with the computer and programs. Good luck.

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3/4/2009 3:50:17 PM

Jamie J. Lange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2007
I do not have the option in the organizer to save as only to rena, also in the orginial folder where it saves on C drive it only gives me the option to rename and I cannot change the type of file it is. When the picture opens in Editor it goes to a new type of window for RAW images that I am not used to working with but it has a save button. When I chose that it has a drop box that says file extension but the only option to choose is .dng

Thanks for your advice, maybe I just need to upgrade elements. Do you know if the newer versions are like the old ones. I hate learning new things. I just simply don't have time.

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3/4/2009 8:04:21 PM

Carlton Ward
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  Hello Jamie,
Make sure the file is 8 bits as you cannot save a 16 bit jpg.
In Photoshop it is Image>Mode>8 bits - I assume its the same in elements.

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3/5/2009 5:25:37 AM

Jeffrey R. Whitmoyer   Hi Jamie,
The newer versions have a lot more features. It would be a good investment (<$100) for you. The functions will be similar. I'd suggest joining a local camera club, as there are always people in the club that are willing to help. The clubs I'm involved in periodically have a local photoshop guru as a guest speaker.
As I'm writing this I'm also thinking that you should be able to go from your raw converter into elements without going through the organizer. Instead of saving the raw image look at File and see if there is an Open option. That might be what you need to open the image into Elements and do your additional corrections and save as. Just a thought, it's tough to work through a version of a program I've never seen in my head. LOL
Carltons advice is also good, your version is old enough that it may not have a 16 bit option.

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3/5/2009 9:13:37 AM

Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
Best to just open the file and save from Elements rather than trying to convert to JPEG. You will not really want to convert to JPEG anyway, as it is a lossy format -- meaning the quality of the image will degrade in subsequent saves. Once the file is open in Photoshop, it is not a JPEG or PSD or TIFF it is an image in a document window, and unless you have features that will not be supported in a file type (e.g., layers are not supported by JPEG, nor is 16-bit) you will be able to save the file as a variety of things.

Did you get Adobe's RAW plugin? Or the DNG converter? or another product? If you had to purchase, it may well have been worth getting the upgrade to Elements (whatever) as the RAW plugin comes with Elements 4-7, and these have some 16-bit support -- which is an advantage in RAW image processing. The Elements 7 release for Windows is only $60 (see, and while there are not a great many reasons to upgrade, there are enough to make jumping 4 versions worthwhile.

I hope that helps some.


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3/6/2009 6:42:28 AM

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3/10/2009 11:15:15 PM

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