- Adobe Camera Raw only works at the global level. If you need to work on colour and light at the local level, you'll need to move the image into Photoshop. Once there, you can take advantage of adjustment layers and masks to perform your clarifications.
- Unlike Lightroom, ACR and Bridge do not ship as separate products. You get them with your purchase of Photoshop, so why not use all three together - Bridge to visually manage your assets and ACR to perform some initial corrections and set up your image for entry into Photoshop (16bpc / ProPhotoRGB).
Monday, February 11, 2008
If Adobe Camera Raw is so great, why use Photoshop?
An interesting question arrived in my mail box over the weekend. I'll paraphrase it for you here, "if Adobe Camera Raw is so great, and we can now work on JPEGs and Tiffs, why not use it for all of our work and skip Photoshop altogether?"
Great question. Here's a multi-part answer:
By all means, use ACR in your workflow. Use it to help get your images ready for Photoshop. Use it to help get as much data into Photoshop as possible. When you are finished with ACR, move into Photoshop to finish working with your images.
Once again, an interesting question. Keep them coming.