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Tom Leckwart
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/7/2007

Converting RAW to JPEG

I recently bought a Digital Rebel and though I like shooting in RAW, I don't know how to convert it to JPEG. I imagine this is fairly easy, could someone help me with the method?

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8/14/2007 12:43:23 PM

Bernard    Ther are different routes to convert depending on what editing software you are using. if you download the 30 day trial version of photoshop cs, it's really easy.

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8/14/2007 1:10:55 PM

doug Nelson   For images you REALLY care about, get the tones, color balance, cropping and touch-up the way you want it. Then do a SAVE AS, not a SAVE. In the SAVE AS dialogue, you will see a drop-down where you choose JPG, then have a choice of the degree of compression. For BetterPhoto, I compress no more than a 10. If you are building a web site or sending an email attachment, you might want more compression. Each degree of compression, AND each successive SAVE in the JPG mode after an edit deteriorates the image some.

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8/14/2007 1:56:00 PM

Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
  I am finding that Adobe Lightroom is really handy. I can make all my adjustments (exposure, white balance, contrast, saturation, etc) to my RAW images and export them to JPEG all at one time. If there are images that need more then those basic changes I will use Photoshop CS2 and save to a JPEG as mentioned in Doug's post. Adobe also has a 30-day trial on their Web site for Lightroom.

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8/14/2007 2:21:01 PM

Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
  Hey Tom; one more thought. Your Canon should have come with Canon's RAW Converter program (my Rebel XTi has "Digital Photo Professional.) You'd use this to view the RAW files, assuming you don't have Adobe Lightroom, or another software capable of reading Canon's RAW. The RAW Converter tool is terrific, allowing you to set new White Balance, Sharpening, Contrast, Picture Styles, etc. Once you have the image looking good, then you do a "Convert and Save As", giving it a name and saving as JPG (or, TIF---my preference.) I then take my freshly converted image into Photoshop Elements (2.0 here!) for any final tweaking I want to do, as well as resizing for BP uploads.

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8/21/2007 3:56:55 AM

Tom Leckwart
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/7/2007
  Thanks for all the help. I shot RAW over the weekend and used both CS2 and Canon to convert it, bith worked great. I appreciate the advice from everyone.-Tom

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8/21/2007 4:58:21 AM

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