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Subject: Re: Opening NEF in ACR



It is my understanding from your first message that you are using Photoshop Elements. I have only read a little bit about using that program with Camera Raw. So I don't know if I can give you any information that will help you because I think the whole workflow is different. I am using Photoshop CS2. But if I understand correctly here is what you should be able to do:

1. Choose the file that you want to open. It should open first in Camera Raw. Neither Photoshop nor Photoshop Elements can open a raw image directly.
2. Do whatever editing is required in camera raw. You are editing a 16-bit image. There is no choice in that matter.
3. After you have completed your editing, choose how you want to open the image in Photoshop Elements. This is where you will decide whether you want to edit the image as an 8-bit or a 16-bit image in Photoshop Elements. Now, choose "Open." This will save any changes you have made to the RAW image in either the database or the XMP file, depending on how you have set your options. Then, at least in Photoshop, the file will open in the editor in whatever mode you have chosen. If you chose to open it as a 16-bit image, then that is what will open and you will not have as many options available to you in your Photoshop editor.
4. After you have completed your editing, save the file. If you have left the image as a 16-bit image your choices will be limited. You cannot save a 16-bit image as a JPEG. But you can save it as a PSD or a tiff image.

That is as far as I will go at this point. I don't know if this is going to help you or not. The workflow I have outlined works for me with the full version of Photoshop. If some of the options I have mentioned aren't available to you it is because you are using Photoshop Elements. I hope this clarifies some of your questions. If not, feel free to continue asking. If I can't give you the correct answers perhaps someone else can.

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