JPG + ACR = OMG!

July 10, 2010

ACR - Adobe Camera Raw

I run into a lot of people who do not shoot raw and do not use Lightroom, but always asked what the easiest way to add a vignette or adjust white balance. When I procede to tell them to use ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) they are suprised that they are able to. I will show you how to enable the ACR dialog box so you can take advantage of the adjustmets when working with jpgs.

Note: This method only works with CS2 and newer. First you need to dowload the latest ACR software from adobe. Once installed go to Edit > Preferences. Then select File Handling from the list to the left. Once in that menu you will see a button called Camera Raw Prefereces.

In the next dialog box you will see a drop down at the bottom JPEG and TIFF Handlingsection. From this menu select Automatically Open All supported JPEGs.

Press OK and OK again till you are out of the Preferences dialog box. That is it. Now if you go to File> Open and select a JPG the ACR dialog box should open. From there you can access all the features in Adobe Camera Raw like Vignetting, Split Toning, White Balance…ect.

  • Sofia

    This is great Ed!
    Just wanted to let you know, you are doing a great job and I look forward to learning more from you.

  • Sofia

    This is great Ed!
    Just wanted to let you know, you are doing a great job and I look forward to learning more from you.

  • Mstee4eva

    Just peeping in gotta come back ,’;o]…
    Thanx

  • Mstee4eva

    Just peeping in gotta come back ,’;o]…
    Thanx

  • Mai

    Very informative. Thanks for the tips, Ed!

  • Mai

    Very informative. Thanks for the tips, Ed!

  • http://www.appealtoemulsion.com Jason

    Great tutorial!

    Unfortunately, ACR is only compatible with CS5 and I’m still running CS3…

  • http://www.appealtoemulsion.com Jason

    Great tutorial!

    Unfortunately, ACR is only compatible with CS5 and I’m still running CS3…

  • admin

    You can find an older version of ACR that works with cs3. I’ve been using it since CS2.

  • admin

    You can find an older version of ACR that works with cs3. I’ve been using it since CS2.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bellasqueeza Bellasqueeza

    Great write up….I never realized that you had access to ACR with JPEGs. This is good to know that I have another option for going back and re-working some older shots before I started shooting RAW.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bellasqueeza Bellasqueeza

    Great write up….I never realized that you had access to ACR with JPEGs. This is good to know that I have another option for going back and re-working some older shots before I started shooting RAW.

  • http://www.redskyni.com Rick

    Nice Ed didn’t know this was possible and gratz on your blog finally bro. But yeah…. I couldn’t live without lightroom myself it’s just so handy for workflow.

  • http://www.redskyni.com Rick

    Nice Ed didn’t know this was possible and gratz on your blog finally bro. But yeah…. I couldn’t live without lightroom myself it’s just so handy for workflow.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikkel-jensen Mikkel

    OMG is about the right word. This is amazing. Hat tip to you!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikkel-jensen Mikkel

    OMG is about the right word. This is amazing. Hat tip to you!

  • Milos

    Thanks Ed! You can also open any jpeg from Bridge, just by highlighting the image and clicking on the ACR (the aperture like) icon in Bridge. This works regardless of the setting you just mentioned.

  • Milos

    Thanks Ed! You can also open any jpeg from Bridge, just by highlighting the image and clicking on the ACR (the aperture like) icon in Bridge. This works regardless of the setting you just mentioned.

  • admin

    Good to know..I’ve never used bridge.

  • admin

    Good to know..I’ve never used bridge.

  • http://karen0z.xanga.com Karen

    This is so great! Thank you so much! đŸ˜€

  • Corinne

    Brilliant!! Thank you kindly :)

  • rone!

    Awesome tool tip… THANKS!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Ewide Eric Wideman

    awesome tip! was wondering how to do that!

  • http://photography.jedgrant.com Jed Grant

    Love this, thanks!

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