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Digital Raw Formats

Camera Raw appears as a file format in Photoshop's Open dialog box, but it isn't actually a single file format. Rather, it's Photoshop's catch-all name for files that the Camera Raw plug-in can open, including Canon CRW files, Nikon NEF files, and raw files saved as TIFF by various cameras.

A list of officially supported cameras appears on Adobe's Web site, currently at www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html. The URL and the list will likely change during the lifetime of this book, so if you don't find the information there, keep digging. Camera Raw also offers “unofficial” support for many cameras that don't appear on the list, including the Canon 300D, Minolta A1, Olympus E-1, Kodak 720X, 760C, and 14N, and Leaf Valeo 22. “Unofficial support” means that Adobe won't provide tech support and makes no guarantees about the quality of the conversions. We won't make any guarantees either, but we've been happy with the results from the unofficially supported cameras we've tried (in the case of the Canon 300D, downright ecstatic).


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