- April 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm #30419
I’m trying to figure out how to open up a photo in Adobe camera RAW. I have Photoshop elements 6, and from what I’ve read Camera RAW comes with it. Is that correct? On the list of file types that it can open it has my raw type (NEF). But when I go to open a raw file it says it can’t open it because it is the wrong type of file. Do I have some setting wrong?
Thank you for anyone’s help and advise!April 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm #30425
In Elements go to Help -> About Plugins and choose Camera Raw. Can you tell us which version of camera Raw it says you are using?April 13, 2018 at 6:18 pm #30429
When I click on camera Raw in the help it says that’s it version 4.2.April 14, 2018 at 11:09 am #30433
According to this page, you need Camera Raw version 9.7 to support NEF files from a Nikon D3400.
Unfortunately, PS Elements 6 is so old that I very seriously doubt whether it will allow you to update to ACR 9.7… 🙁 I think your best option is either to download Adobe DNG converter and convert your NEF files to DNG, then use ACR to edit them, or to use the RAW conversion software that came with your camera. I don’t remember what Nikon’s software is called, something like “Capture NX”. (See here for download details if you don’t have the CD that came with the camera…)April 14, 2018 at 1:19 pm #30434April 16, 2018 at 8:58 am #30438
but what I don’t understand is why my program says that I can open NEF files.
.NEF is Nikon’s RAW file format that they use for all of their DSLR cameras. A .NEF file from an older camera would work with your software. The software makers have to continuously update their software with the latest camera versions, that’s why you have to update to use it with newer cameras, like the D3400.April 16, 2018 at 9:03 am #30439
I do have the Nikon raw software. But it’s limited and I was wanting to stay inside PS for all my editing.
If that is the case, then your best option is to use Adobe’s free DNG converter to convert your NEF files to DNG, then edit in ACR.April 16, 2018 at 3:50 pm #30440
Thank you! I downloaded the converter and it was compatible with Elements 6! Now I have to learn all about using ACR. 🙂 Would it be “safe” to convert all my Raw files to DNG? Is DNG readable by most programs? Is all the information retained? What should I set my perferences on the converter to?April 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm #30445
Yes, DNG is a much more universal format than NEF. I’m sure you’ll be safe to convert your files to DNG. I don’t use the converter myself, so I don’t know what all settings there are, but this page should help you figure it out: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/adobe-dng-converter.html
Definitely choose lossless compression, not lossy.
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