If you are a JPEG shooter, but would like to have access to the features of ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) you can do so by opening your JPEG images through Adobe Bridge and then in ACR. 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 JPEG!
While we encourage you to shoot in RAW as much as possible, this post and video are not about the benefits of one over the other - that's another post/video for another time. We just want to show you a handy trick that you can use to edit your JPEG images in ACR when needed!
Why edit in ACR, 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!
Here is the Photoshop tutorial video on how you can do this:
For those of you who like written tutorials, here are the steps:
1) Open Adobe Bridge, and navigate to where you have imported your images that you would like to edit.
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 in ACR. It is not converting your JPEG to a RAW file. You will still have the same editing limitations that you would normally have with a JPEG.
For a basic overview of ACR, click here for our blog post on ACR basics.