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Chapter 2. How Camera Raw Works: What Lies Under the Hood

2. How Camera Raw Works: What Lies Under the Hood

Despite the title of this chapter, I promise to keep it equation-free and relatively nontechnical. Camera Raw offers functionality that at a casual glance may seem to replicate that of Photoshop. But the important ways in which raw files differ from more conventional Photoshop fare, which we spent the last chapter examining, dictate that just about everything you can do in Camera Raw, you should do in Camera Raw.

To understand why this is so, it helps to know a little about how Camera Raw performs its magic. If you’re the type who would rather learn by doing, feel free to skip ahead to Chapter 4, Camera Raw Controls, where you’ll be introduced to the nitty-gritty of actually using all the controls in Camera Raw; but if you take the time to digest the contents of this chapter, you’ll have a much better idea of what the controls actually do, and hence a better understanding of how and when to use them.


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