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Converting RAW files with Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1?

Joe H , May 04, 2009; 04:12 p.m.

I shot a set of photos the other day in RAW in hopes of learning how to work with manipulating RAW .NEF files before converting to .jpg

I had assumed that I could do this with Photoshop, however, am not sure because when I tried to open the images it said it couldn't find the file format...

Any help or guidance is MUCH appreciated!

Thank you,


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Ed Hurst , May 04, 2009; 04:15 p.m.

Which camera model do you use Cole?

Howard M , May 04, 2009; 04:16 p.m.

what camera? something new in the last 5 years?

there is no one universal raw format but rather every single model of camera is different and has to be explicitly supported. Adobe doesn't do that for old versions of PS so if you have a new-ish camera, you're not going to get PS to deal with it. You need to use the Adobe DNG converter or some Nikon s/w like ViewNX or something else.

Rob Bernhard , May 04, 2009; 04:24 p.m.

Version 7.0.1 of Photoshop only supported version 1.x of Adobe Camera RAW and according to at least one post here on photo.net you had to pay for it:


Your best solution would be to use the RAW conversion software that came with your Nikon camera.

edit: ah yes, it was $100 at the time:

Joe H , May 04, 2009; 05:34 p.m.

To all that have inquired....Nikon D300.

Mike Bisom , May 04, 2009; 06:34 p.m.

As others have pointed out, PS 7 isn't going to open D300 Raw files. Your camera should have come with View NX which will open and convert the D300 Raw files. Current versions of PS, Lightroom, Aperture and more will all support the D300.

Joe H , May 04, 2009; 07:06 p.m.

I bought the D300 used so it didn't come with View NX, however, I do have it from when I bought my D40. I know that I can convert from RAW to JPG in View NX but can I manipulate the RAW files, such as changing white balance etc...?

I had assumed that the point of shooting in RAW was to be able to alter the images while still in RAW BEFORE converting to JPG, is this not correct?

I am a totally noobie in terms of post processing so I need all the help I can get...

Thanks in advance.

Howard M , May 04, 2009; 07:28 p.m.

you can download the latest version of ViewNX from nikonusa.com
It has some basic raw-ish adjustments you can do but it's not overly advanced like PS or CaptureNX.

Jack Landry , May 04, 2009; 07:33 p.m.

Nikon view NX is not really a Raw Processor: it can open NEF files and save them as Tiff or jpeg with white balance and exposure compensation adjustments. But you need Nikon Capture NX2 to do complete processing of NEF files or other such as Adobe Lightroom2, Photoshop CS3-CS4, Aperture (Mac).
I process my NEF files with Nikon Capture NX2 (version 2.2.0) and save them as 16 bit tiff for further processing in Photoshop CS4 if needed (special effects I can't do in NX2 for example).

Mike Bisom , May 04, 2009; 08:56 p.m.

I'm not going to claim any particular expertise with ViewNX but it certainly seems at least as advanced as ACR in terms of Raw conversion? It offers White Balance, Sharpness, and more (including curves). It certainly isn't Lightroom, Aperture, of Capture NX, but it's nothing to sneeze at- especially considering the price!

Cole, have you explored the ViewNX interface? My default, along the left side, has folders, metadata, and quick adjustments. Clicking on the quick adjustments tab will give you several post-processing options including changing the white-balance. Going to File > Launch Picture Control Utility (on a Mac anyway) will bring up the custom curves dialog box (and more).

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