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I can't open a RAW file in PS:CS3 (MAC)

Dan Bloch , Jan 07, 2010; 06:55 p.m.

I am trying to learn how to process a RAW file in Photoshop CS3 on my Macintosh, but I am stuck.

Heres what I have done so far:
-Installed a new camera RAW plugin I downloaded from the Adobe website, (I read somewhere I had to do this).
-Imported my jpeg & RAW files from my Canon Rebel Xsi to iphoto. I then move them to an album in iphoto with my name.

Now from here I am stuck. When I am in PS and try to open a file I can't find my pictures anywhere. I thought I could drag the RAW file from iphoto to my desktop, and then PS could find it, but when I try this my computer changes the RAW file to a jpg automatically.

What am I doing wrong?


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Dan Bloch , Jan 07, 2010; 06:59 p.m.

I found where these RAW files are in my computer:

home folder>pictures>iphoto library>originals>2010>jan 7 2010

but the "iphoto library" is greyed out while trying to access it in photoshop.

John A , Jan 07, 2010; 07:19 p.m.

Adobe raw stays current with current models, so an older version, CS3, won't open any of the newer camera raw files. Check to see if it accommodates your camera--probably not

Dan Bloch , Jan 07, 2010; 07:22 p.m.

I think that was why I needed to install that updated driver...

Gary Demuelenare , Jan 07, 2010; 07:30 p.m.

it has nothing to do with any updating of drivers. as was said above, the diffferent adobe programs either pse or csx, can only open up to a certain model of camera in the raw image. for example, if you have a canon 7d and use your cs3, it will never open. the cs3 is simply not a current enough program from adobe. you need to check with adobe's website to find out what programs can open your canon rebel xsi raw files.

noyte-it is not needed to buy the latest csx, instead you can go a cheaper route and use the latest pse. then pp the files in cs3.

Eric Brody , Jan 07, 2010; 09:02 p.m.

I think if you use Adobe's dng converter and convert the camera raw files to dng, you should have no problem opening them in CS3.

Eric Brody , Jan 07, 2010; 10:01 p.m.

Also, why are you messing around in iphoto if you have CS3? For organizational purposes, Bridge will do if you're not ready to spring for Lightroom. There's nothing wrong with iphoto, it's just not ideal to mix these programs up.

Colin Turner , Jan 08, 2010; 12:11 a.m.

The last camera raw version to support CS3 was 4.6. Later versions will not work with versions older than CS4.

Robert Brake , Jan 08, 2010; 08:22 a.m.

Dan, to sum up: go here:


download DNG converter. Convert your raw files to dng. Discard or save your raw files as you wish. You can even embed a copy of the raw file into the dng file with, of course, a larger file size.

Open the dng files in Bridge to view the thumbnails. When you open a dng file from Bridge it will automatically open in ACR. Make whatever adjustments you desire in ACR then open in Photoshop.

Personally I would avoid iPhoto like the plague, it wants to control where everything is and does a very poor job of it. I have even removed it from my hard drive.

Dan Bloch , Jan 08, 2010; 09:28 a.m.

Thanks guys, I figured it out. And I agree, I think I will stop using iphoto =P

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