How To Open Camera Raw In Photoshop

If you’re a photographer, you probably work with raw photographs now or at some time in the future; thus, you should be familiar with Camera Raw. Before working on raw photographs in Photoshop, you may do simple modifications in Camera Raw. You must first be aware of these two simple methods for opening the photographs to modify them in Camera Raw.

Open a RAW image in Photoshop, and Camera Raw will launch immediately as the first option for opening an image in Camera Raw. The second alternative is to choose a layer in an existing Photoshop project and pick the Camera Raw Filter filter from the Filter menu. By doing so, you’ll be able to edit your layer in Camera Raw.

Keep reading below for more information.

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To save time and file space when using Photoshop, you might do simple modifications with Camera Raw rather than using Photoshop’s tools. It takes less time to edit photos with Camera Raw, and since the changes are non-destructive, you can simply undo or change them without completely changing the file.

Since Camera Raw is smoothly integrated into Photoshop, using it is not too difficult. When using Photoshop, there are two straightforward methods for opening photographs in Camera Raw. Both of them are covered in this section.

For more information on how to use Camera RAW in Photoshop, watch this video below:

1. Open A RAW File In Photoshop

Opening a raw picture file in Photoshop is the simplest way of opening an image in Camera Raw. Depending on the camera you use, RAW picture files vary. Canon’s raw files are CR2, whereas Nikon’s are NEF or NRW. Depending on your computer, you might need to load the image in Photoshop or Bridge before seeing this format.

  • You may open RAW photographs in Photoshop by selecting File > Open after saving them to your PC.

2. Apply A Camera Raw Filter To A Layer

If you wish to modify a jpeg image with Camera Raw’s modifications, the other way of opening an image in Photoshop is a good choice. By adding a Camera Raw filter to the layer, you may use Camera Raw to alter the image.

  • To begin, open your image in Photoshop. Remember that this approach only works if your image is open in Photoshop as a layer. 
  • Navigate to Filter > Camera Raw Filter while the image is open, and the image layer is chosen.
  • By doing this, Camera Raw will immediately open, offering you access to all its editing features for the layer you’ve chosen. 

If you want to make simple modifications in Photoshop quickly, but the image you’re dealing with isn’t a RAW file, this can be a really useful technique.

Using Smart Objects with Adobe Camera Raw

Working with smart objects in Photoshop also allows you to use Camera Raw. Follow the instructions below to find out how.

  • Firstly, copy the layer you’re working on using Control + J (Windows) or Command + J (MAC) to utilize Camera Raw as a Smart Smart Filter. 

The duplicated layer would then appear in the Layers Panel; if the layer you replicated were Layer 1, the new layer would appear as a copy of Layer 1 by default.

  • Convert to Smart Object by selecting it from the context menu when you right-click the new layer.
  • Since the layer is a smart object, you may go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter.
  • It will then display the Camera Raw window. Make any changes you’d like to the image here, then click OK.
  • Double-clicking the smart filter under your smart object layer will quickly take you back to the Camera Raw window.

By using this technique, the adjustments you make in Camera Raw will be visible under the layer labeled “Camera Raw Filter” after you save them, making it simple to remove the adjustments by deleting this adjustment.

How to Use Adobe Bridge to Open Camera Raw

Using Adobe Bridge also allows you to work with Camera Raw. The fact that Adobe Bridge requires less computational effort than Photoshop is its main benefit. Since Photoshop consumes a lot of storage space and processing power, accessing Camera Raw from Bridge could make it run more quickly.

  • Adobe Bridge must first be opened to use Camera Raw. After that, click the picture you want to alter. Clicking the Open in Camera Raw icon in the top toolbar is the easiest method to load it in Camera Raw.
  • A RAW image will automatically launch Camera Raw when you double-click it. You may also choose the image and File > Open in Camera Raw.

Once you’ve completed editing your photo the way you wanted, click OK. You may still use the Bridge interface as soon as you finish utilizing Camera Raw since Adobe Bridge remains open in the background.


Camera Raw has all the tools you’ll need if you only require basic modifications to your shot and don’t need more intricate ones. Even if you are using one of Adobe’s other programs, you can still use Camera Raw to make quick, easy, and non-destructive changes.