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.NEF files in PHOTOSHOP 7

Daniel Lillie , Apr 19, 2008; 06:58 a.m.


I am have Nikon D80 and have been shooting raw files. However, my PHOTOSHOP 7 does not recognise the .NEF files. I have read how to solve this in the CS versions of photoshop but not 7. Can anybody advise me on how to solve my problem?

Many thanks


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Sprite Stress , Apr 19, 2008; 07:45 a.m.

You have various options available to you.

1) Download the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) plugin from the Adobe.com web site. Google "Adobe Camera Raw" and search for it on adobe.com.

IMO, that is the least palatable approach.

2) Use Nikon Capture NX to "develop" your NEF files, and then perform a Save As operation and convert the NEF into a TIFF (16bit or 8bit as desired). Then edit the TIFF in Photoshop as needed.

3) Use Adobe Lightroom to "develop" your NEF files. Setup Lightroom to auto generate a matching TIFF or PSD to auto-load in Photoshop for external editing from Lightroom. Lightroom remains the primary photo organizing database.

I mostly use option 3, although it is easy to mix in option directly from Lightroom by configuring Capture NX as an external editor from Lightroom.

Option 1) sucks because it doesn't provide any way to store the settings applied while loading the NEF file via ACR. Lightroom on the other hand, basically contains all the functionality of ACR within its develop module. Lightroom stores the "development" settings, and can even store more than one set of "development" settings for a given RAW NEF file. Lightroom has proven to be the photo database tool of choice at the moment for anyone who is the least bit serious about DSLR photography.

So get Adobe Lightroom, read its documentation carefully about configuration: to automate loading files from camera / or NAND media, to automate "development" if desired, to configure it for external editing with photoshop or other editor(s) - including automatically file increment naming and so on. Lightroom also provides excellent features for outputing JPEGS from a "collection" of one or more photos maintained by the Lightroom database. If you have both Nikon and Canon cameras as I do, Lightroom provides a single application that works with most RAW formats, TIFF, PSD, JPEG and so on. It is an unsurpassed way to manage photos at the moment. Lightroom simply rocks.

Ronald Moravec , Apr 19, 2008; 07:49 a.m.

Convert a dup file to DNG format or get a copy of Elements which will have the latest converter that will recognise D80 NEF.

Might also be a good opportunity to try Lightroom or Nikon Capture NX.

Use one of the free converters out there.

Esentially this is how Adobe is going to try to get you to buy upgrades, but 7 is no longer upgradable.

Ken Kartes , Apr 19, 2008; 07:50 a.m.

Before Nikon changed their software you could download a program that converted your files to be used in PS7. I have it but don't know the name of it. Perhaps someone with more knowledge here does. If no luck here then try to email Nikon.

Edward Ingold , Apr 19, 2008; 08:05 a.m.

The last I looked, you could download a copy of Nikonview from Nikonusa.com by providing the serial number of your camera. Nikonview allows you to view NEF files and convert them to JPEGs. It also installs a light version of their Capture converter in Photoshop (displacing ACR in the process).

The free, Adobe DNG converter does not alter the original NEF file. The DNG version is always a copy. IMO, this is the best option short of upgrading to the latest version of Photoshop or using Lightroom.

James O'Gara , Apr 19, 2008; 08:52 a.m.

I thought 7 was still upgradeable, along with CS and CS2. You may wan tto check that out. James

Ron Hiner , Apr 19, 2008; 09:20 a.m.

the only reason to shoot raw files is that you want to process them as raw files. I'd say just shoot JPGs if you don't plan to upgrade your software. Your camera is much newer than PS 7 -- and when you bought it, it was not guaranteed to be compatible with cameras not yet invented (you DID buy it, right -- if so, you are the only one! <G> )

Nikon View is free, and does minimal conversions. NX is the best for picture quality, and there are lots of tools that people like better than NX for convenience, including Lightroom, Bibble, and many more.

Terry Rory , Apr 19, 2008; 09:25 a.m.

Download the latest version of Nikon View. (NX) free here....


Terry Rory , Apr 19, 2008; 09:28 a.m.

Description of software here....


Ellis Vener , Apr 19, 2008; 04:47 p.m.

You really should update /upgrade to PsCs3 it is far superior to Ps7 in very many ways and if you have a fairly current computer you'll see some speed gains as well. I beleive the update price is around $170 if you have legit version of Ps7 and Ps & is the oldest vrsion you can update from.

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