Raw image files give your photos so much more. Here’s why.

Does your digital camera shoot raw? Have you been wondering if you should be shooting raw?

If you are unfamiliar with Camera Raw, raw files contain unprocessed data from the camera’s image sensor and are sometimes referred to as digital negatives, since in many ways they are similar to negatives in film photography.

Don’t be scared; you and your photographs have a lot to gain. And since Camera Raw edits are non-destructive, you literally have nothing to lose. In the following videos, let’s go through the basics of Camera Raw format and answer the questions you’ve always been afraid to ask. If you need help or have questions while doing this tutorial, please use our tutorial forum to get the help and answers you need.

Learn the basics
  • Compare JPEG and raw (2:03)
  • Non-destructive editing (2:22)

Edit details with precision.

Powerful editing
  • Work with colors (3:25)
  • Healing (4:22)
  • Adjustment brush (5:00)

The Adobe Camera Raw utility provides fast and easy access to the raw image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. It lets you adjust pretty much every aspect of your image. And because raw files offer over 68 billion colors per pixel, you can uncover details that were originally hidden in the shadows or blown-out areas of your photos.

Correct image perspective and lens distortion.

Fix lens distortion
  • Lens profiles (0:30)
  • Fix level and perspective (0:50)
  • Save options (2:05)

Adobe Camera Raw lets you correct many image perspective and lens flaws by synching the raw file with your specific camera and lens profile. It also offers additional ways to correct lens distortion.

Use Camera Raw edit for all your photos!

Camera Raw filter
  • Replace adjustment layers (0:53)
  • Sharpen midtones (1:35)
  • Finish the edit (3:00)

Use Adobe Camera Raw as a filter to make non-destructive edits to all your images and layers.