If you are a JPEG or TIFF shooter, but would like to have access to all the features of Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) you can do so by opening your JPEG or TIFF images through Adobe Bridge and then in Adobe Camera RAW. This is something that was not immediately obvious to me for many years, so I am really excited to share this tip with all of you who shoot in JPEG or TIFF!
While we encourage you to shoot in RAW as much as possible, this tutorial is NOT about the benefits of shooting RAW vs JPEG - if you want more information on that, read here. In this post, we just want to show you the steps you can use to open and edit your JPEG and TIFF images in ACR as needed!
Why Edit JPEG and TIFF files in Adobe Camera RAW?
Why edit Adobe Camera Raw, you might ask? Because you have access to fast yet fine-tuned adjustment features such as radial filters, split-toning, and noise reduction, just to name a few. ACR is great for making tweaks to your images before opening them in Photoshop!
How to Open JPEG and TIFF Files in Adobe Camera Raw
Step 1. Open Adobe Bridge, and navigate to where you have imported the images that you would like to edit.
Step 2. Right click on the image to be edited, then select Open in Camera Raw
At this point, ACR will open, and you will have access to all of the editing features within ACR.
Note: Keep in mind that this is simply opening your JPEG or TIFF file in ACR. It will not covert your JPEG to a RAW file and you still have the same editing limitations that you would normally have with a JPEG file.
For those of you who are visual learners, here is a video tutorial demonstrating the steps for opening and editing a JPEG in Adobe Camera RAW: