Work with Camera Raw files in Photoshop on your iPad

Ever wanted to edit raw files on an iPad while on the move? Here's how to do it! 

Camera raw file formats have unprocessed data from a digital camera’s sensor. You can use the various controls in the Camera Raw mode to process and interpret the raw image data for your photo in Photoshop on the iPad.

Camera Raw file support

  1. Tap Import and open from the home screen in Photoshop on the iPad and select a desired raw photo. You can also tap the Place  icon from the toolbar on the left side of the canvas to open a raw photo.

  2. In the Camera Raw mode that opens, you can choose to Edit the image data for your raw photo manually or apply Auto adjustments.

  3. By choosing the Edit option above, you can edit the raw image data manually using controls organized under different panels that you can expand or collapse ─ Light, ColorEffects, Detail, and Optics.

  4. Tap Done once you've finished applying edits.

    • If you chose the Import and open option in step 1 above, you will find an Import as menu at the top right corner of the Camera Raw mode. Here, you can choose to import the camera raw edits using any of these - Import as smart objects (keeps your original image data) or Import as layer (imports as a normal image in Photoshop).
    • If you chose the Place option in step 1 above, you will see the Transform mode now, where you can choose to apply any of the transform operations before placing your photo.

Your raw photo with applied edits can now be imported as a smart object or as a pixel layer. By default, your edits get imported to a new cloud document as a Camera Raw smart object. For now, you cannot go back to the Camera Raw edit mode in Photoshop on the iPad. 

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