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Processing Images

When it comes to efficiency in converting raw images, actions are the key. I almost always convert raw images in batches using actions rather than simply opening them in Photoshop. But before I look at the various automated options, I'll list the methods for opening raw images manually from the File Browser.

  • Press Return (Mac) or Enter (Windows), double-click, or press Command-O, to open the selected image or images in the Camera Raw dialog box. If you select multiple images, the first one will open in Camera Raw. Then when you click OK to convert the image or Update to write the settings to the image's metadata, the second image will appear in Camera Raw, and so on.

  • Press Shift-Return (Mac) or Shift-Enter (Windows), Shift-double-click the last selected image of a contiguous selection, or hold down the Shift key while choosing Open from the File Browser's File menu, to open the selected image or images in Photoshop while bypassing the Camera Raw dialog box. The images are converted using the current Camera Raw settings in each image's metadata or, if no settings have been specified, using the Camera Default settings for the camera model on which the images were shot. (Command-Shift-O doesn't work, it just brings the File Browser to the foreground; and Shift-double-clicking with a discontiguous selection will turn the selection into a contiguous one and then open all the newly-selected images as well as the ones you wanted.)

  • Press Option-Return (Mac) or Option-Enter (Windows), Option-double-click, or hold down Option while choosing Open from the File Browser's File menu to open the selected image or images in the Camera Raw dialog box while closing the File Browser.

  • Press Shift-Option-Return (Mac) or Shift-Option-Enter (Windows), Shift-Option-double-click the last selected image of a contiguous selection, or hold down Shift and Option while choosing Open from the File Browser's File menu to open the selected image or images directly in Photoshop, bypassing the Camera Raw dialog box and closing the File Browser.


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