Camera Raw for Photoshop

16.4 Camera image editor plugin for Windows

Sven Sorensen

Plugin that allows users to import, edit and enhance RAW camera image files in a wide range of formats.

Freeware Photoshop plugin software download, reviewed by Sven Sørensen
Must-have powerful Adobe Photoshop plugin that provides fast access to the raw image formats - Screenshot of Camera Raw for Photoshop
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Open and edit RAW images in Photoshop - Screenshot of Camera Raw for Photoshop
Adobe Camera Raw is a handy plug-in that lets you view and edit RAW images in Adobe Photoshop - Screenshot of Camera Raw for Photoshop
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Allows owners of high-end cameras to open up raw files of many sorts in the Adobe Photoshop application.

Camera Raw is a plugin for Adobe Photoshop that allows you to import and edit raw image files from digital cameras. Raw image files contain unprocessed data from the image sensor of the camera, and they provide more information and greater flexibility than other image file formats, such as JPEG.

It's the perfect complement for those photographers or photography enthusiasts who are used to polish their snapshots with the popular image editing suite without the need for Lightroom. With this plugin , you'll have no issue opening and converting raw files from your camera.

Thanks to the features included in Adobe Camera Raw, you'll be able to solve the compatibility problem that programs such as Photoshop have with uncompressed raw files. By retouching photographs in RAW, you get a much more control over how the image is developed before fiddling around and editing it in Photoshop.

Another point in favor of Adobe Camera Raw is that more and more new camera models are becoming compatible with this Adobe add-on. This is why we will have many possibilities to retouch the photographs taken with our photographic machine without complications. You can apply camera color corrections and fix lens distortions after you launch this plug-in.

Apply retouching, enhancements and lighting fixes

Thanks to Adobe Camera Raw, you're able to expand the retouching possibilities offered by very powerful programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. All with the sole purpose of getting the most out of each of the snapshots captured by the sensor of our camera.

With this application, you can fix and modify a number of factors on images. They're wide-ranging and include highlights, shadows, saturation, exposure, contrast, brightness, blacks, whites and everything else you'd expect to see in the Develop module of Adobe Lightroom.

In one example, an under-exposed raw image can have its attributes changed in this application to lighten up and improve the details of areas of a photograph that would have otherwise been black.

Support for all types of lenses and camera models

As the number of supported profiles has been growing since the inception of Adobe Raw, you're able to deal with the raw files of a countless number of cameras along with their detachable lens. They range from dSLR and mirrorless models from Canon, Nikon, Sony and many others, but also raw images created from your high-end mobile phone like the Samsung Galaxy series, Huawei, iPhone and others.

Support image formats include IIQ (Phase One), 3FR (Hasselblad), DCR, K25, KDC (Kodak), CRW CR2 CR3 (Canon), ERF (Epson), MEF (Mamiya), MOS (Leaf), NEF NRW (Nikon), ORF (Olympus), PEF (Pentax), RW2 (Panasonic) and ARW, SRF, SR2 (Sony).

The download includes a ZIP file and within there, an installer for Windows. Once the installer has completed, all of the newest camera models and lens models should be supported from directly within Photoshop.

In conclusion

Adobe Camera Raw for Photoshop allows you to open RAW files from within Lightroom, exporting them to Adobe Photoshop for external editing. Alternatively, you can just open them directly with the version of Photoshop you have installed completely bypassing Lightroom. Using the problem is simple and only involves opening your raw file and it should immediately launch the Camera Raw plug-in from within Photoshop.

Features of Camera Raw for Photoshop

  • Adjust image settings: You can use Camera Raw to adjust various image settings, such as exposure, white balance and color.
  • Apply filters and effects: Camera Raw includes a variety of filters and effects that you can apply to raw image files, such as sharpening, noise reduction and vignetting.
  • Batch processing: You can use Camera Raw to process multiple raw image files at once, applying the same settings and adjustments to all of them.
  • Edit raw image files: You can use Camera Raw to import and edit raw image files from a wide range of digital cameras.
  • Non-destructive editing: Camera Raw allows you to make edits to raw image files without permanently altering the original data. You can revert to the original image at any time, or save your edits as a new image file.

Compatibility and License

Camera Raw for Photoshop is provided under a freeware license on Windows from graphics editors with no restrictions on usage. Download and installation of this PC software is free and 16.4 is the latest version last time we checked.

What version of Windows can Camera Raw for Photoshop run on?

Camera Raw for Photoshop can be used on a computer running Windows 11 or Windows 10. Previous versions of the OS shouldn't be a problem with Windows 8 and Windows 7 having been tested. It's only available as a 64-bit download.

Other operating systems: The latest Camera Raw for Photoshop version from 2024 is also available for Mac.

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Camera Raw for Photoshop has been picked by our editors as very good.
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