Opening Raw Files in Bridge or Photoshop

Although Camera Raw does the actual processing of raw files, you can "edit" the Camera Raw settings under the auspices of Bridge or Photoshop. For some workflows, editing in Bridge is preferable, whereas for others you may want to edit in Photoshop. The choices at your disposal are as follows:

■ To edit Camera Raw settings in Photoshop, select a file and then choose File ^ Open, or Ctrl+O (Windows), ^+O (Mac OS).

■ To edit Camera Raw settings in Photoshop and close the Bridge window, select a file and then use Ctrl+Alt+O (Windows), ^+Opt+O (Mac OS), or Ctrl+Alt+Enter (Windows), ^+Opt+Return (Mac OS).

■ To edit Camera Raw settings in Bridge, select a file and then choose File ^ Open in Camera Raw, Ctrl+R (Windows), ^+R (Mac OS), or double-click the file.

■ To edit Camera Raw settings in Photoshop by double-clicking a file, choose Edit ^ Preferences (Windows), Bridge ^ Preferences (Mac OS) and then, in the Advanced pane, deselect Double-click edits Camera Raw settings in Bridge. Click OK to apply changes.

■ To open files in Photoshop and bypass the Camera Raw dialog box, select file(s) and then Ctrl+Shift+double-click (Windows), ^ + Shift+double-click (Mac OS).

NOTE When you bypass the Camera Raw dialog box, either the stored settings associated with the raw file are automatically applied, or, if no settings are associated, the default Camera Raw settings are applied. You can also select file(s) and then Shift+Enter (Windows), Shift+Return (Mac OS)

Nonraw files will open, of course, in the application that they are associated with; for example, selecting a PSD file and then pressing Enter (Windows), Return (Mac OS) opens the file in Photoshop. Adding Alt (Windows), Opt (Mac OS) to the shortcut closes the Bridge window and opens the file.

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