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The Non-Designer’s Photoshop Book: Essential imaging techniques for design by John Tollett, Robin Williams

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13. Camera Raw

Many of today’s cameras can be set to shoot photos in what is called Camera Raw. Raw is not a format itself, but refers to a myriad of camera-specific formats that capture uncompressed image data, retaining much more color and luminance information than other formats, such as TIFF or JPEG. With raw photos you can manipulate and adjust images in ways not possible with compressed formats.

While some adjustments in Camera Raw, such as noise reduction and lens correction, are also available in Photoshop’s Filter menu, the Camera Raw method provides more control, preserves the original, and allows you to store the adjustments separately.

Many of the Camera Raw adjustments in Photoshop work not only with raw photos, but also with JPEG ...

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