I do a lot of food and nature photography. When I’m finished shooting, I end up with dozens of photos. Usually, these are RAW files. After I transfer the files from my camera to my computer, I like to weed through them to pull out the good ones. Then, I edit all the images I’d like to use on my blogs in Camera Raw. When I’m finished with that, I’ll launch the files straight from Adobe Bridge into Photoshop, this time, skipping Camera Raw all together. It’s a huge time saver doing things this way, as opposed to editing in Camera Raw and then launching each one into Photoshop individually. When I have the chance, I work in “bulk.”
The question I’d like to answer in this post is this: How can someone open a RAW file from Bridge into Photoshop, skipping Camera Raw. It doesn’t matter if the file has been edited or not. That makes no difference.
I just went outside and took a few photos of some flowers we have along the front of our house. The first two shots were in JPEG mode and the rest where taken in RAW mode. I probably took about 15 in all, but went through them and settled on 9. Here they are in Bridge:
So far, I only edited one photo in Camera Raw – just so I could get a decent lead-in image for this post. Here’s that photo:
Now, at this point, I have no interest in launching any of these photos into Photoshop. What I’d like to do is open all of them in Camera Raw, from Bridge, and edit them. Then, after I’m finished, I’ll click on the Done button in Camera Raw to close that application. I’ll do that now.
Okay – if you’ll notice, the thumbnails look a bit different than before. I basically selected all the remaining, unedited, image thumbnails at once and clicked the Open in Camera Raw icon up in the toolbar. This opened all of them in Camera Raw. Once there, I did a bit of pushing sliders around in the Basic panel as well as some cropping. As I mentioned above, when I was done, I clicked on the Done button in the lower right of Camera Raw. This closed that application and brought me back to Bridge with all the thumbnails still selected.
Right now, I’m happy. Since I don’t always write a blog post directly after editing my photos, I could let these sit for a while as I think about what I’m going to write. At least I’ll know the editing is finished. That’s the toughest part.
Launching From Bridge to Photoshop
Just to let you know, I could have exported these images from Camera Raw as JPEGs and would have been finished. I like to use Photoshop for exporting because, well, it’s habit. I’ve been doing that for years and I generally like to make my final cropping or other tweaks there. It’s a comfort thing.
To launch all the photos Bridge to Photoshop is easy. It doesn’t matter what kind of file it is either – a RAW or JPEG. The steps are the same.
1. Select the file thumbnail(s) you want to open from Bridge.
2. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard.
3. Double click on either the thumbnail or one of the multiple thumbnails you’ve selected.
It’s that simple. By doing this, edited or unedited RAW or JPEG files will skip Camera Raw all together. They’ll jump from one application to the next, where further editing or exporting can take place. I’d love to create a screenshot for this process, but unfortunately, I can’t. There’s nothing to grab. It just happens.
There you have it. A quick post that includes a quick tip. I’m sure this can be a handy bit of knowledge that can certainly speed up or simplify your workflow.
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