Here is the deal I am looking toward buying into digital. I know nothing about Raw files. I have PS 2.0 will I have to upgrade. PS CS is out of my price. I know it supports Raw. Like with the Nikon Do you need to buy the Capture 4 software. Just need some help getting my brain thinking in this direction. Monte.
What's PS 2.0? Are you referring to Photoshop 2.0 or Elements 2.0? If Elements, I'm not sure if 2.0 can support the Camera Raw plug in, but I'm sure someone who has it installed will answer. I do know that Elements 3 and 4 support the Camera Raw plugin.
You do not need Capture 4. but it's only $99. Capture NX beta has been released (Capture 4 will be going away) and is widely discussed on the D1 Forum. The cameras come with a program called Picture Project which opens the Nikon NEF files, but I've never used it so I can't comment.
Adobe Elements 3.0 or 4.0 can use the current Adobe RAW converter plugin. Elements 1 and 2 do not.
Sorry guys. It is elements 2.0 I am using. So if I upgrade to 4.0 it will work. It has been a ten day work week for me and I am a little off, Most people I believe are so thrilled to move into digital, I believe in my mind I am still resistent. I do know it is what I need to do. So if you use a card reader you would drag the folder Icon to the desktop then you will be able to open it in photoshop? Monte
Be careful of file associations. It's widely discussed on the forums that Nikon software overwrites the Adobe Camera RAW plugin. If you install Elements before Nikon Capture, be aware that you'll have to upgrade or reinstall your Camera RAW plugin again. Elements 3 or 4 can't open the D200 files and will need the latest Camera RAW plugin anyway.
There is a link to download the latest Adobe Camera RAW plugin from this page.
If you get P/S Elements 4 and install the RAW converter plug in, it will auto download the files into your hard drive and auto open Elements as soon as you stick the card into the card reader. This is assuming you are using a Windows computer.(in the original opening dialog you will have to direct the downloader where to save the images).
This is the method with Elements 3, so I assume it will remain the same for Elements 4.