FAQ for Adobe Products
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Here are a few answers to questions that come up frequently in this forum:
1. Why won't a specific version of Photoshop, Lightroom or Elements open NEFs or NRWs from my new camera?
Answer: Either your version of those products is older and you'll need to upgrade to a newer version to open them or you can use the free Adobe DNG Converter tool to convert your raw files to the DNG format. You'll then be able to open those files in older versions of those programs. Details for version compatibility, as well as downloads for the DNG conversion tool are found at www.adobe.com. It's also possible that a new camera is supported yet by the Adobe products, but it typically isn't long before support is available. Adobe publishes early versions of new releases (called Release Candidates) at www.labs.adobe.com. These are typically very reliable and work well, but aren't necessarily the same as the final production version.
2. What are good books for learning Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements?
Answer: Scott Kelby has produced popular books on all three programs. Martin Evening has written books on both Photoshop and Lightroom that are recommended. There are many other authors as well, but these are the most popular choices.
3. How can I download lens correction profiles for Lightroom and ACR that were created by other photographers for lenses not found in formal Adobe deliveries?
Answer: Download the free Adobe Lens Profile Downloader tool at www.labs.adobe.com and download the profile you want. If there are multiple versions available for a specific lens, check the user ratings, as well as the calibration data (distances, focal lengths and apertures) to get a sense of how complete of profile it is. Generally speaking, the more, the better.
4. Which raw converter is the best?
Answer: There are many brands and products of raw converters on the market. All will do a good job when used correctly, especially when you understand when and how to deviate from the program's defaults. Only you can decide which one is best for you, ideally through research and by downloading trial packages. Resist the temptation to make a decision in a few days. It generally takes a bit longer than that to better understand how to use a tool.
5. What are good on-line videos for learning these products?
Answer: There are a large number of video tutorials for the Adobe products. Some of the popular paid tutorials are hosted or produced by www.kelbytraining.com , www.lynda.com , www.photoshopuser.com and www.luminous-landscape.com. Good free ones include www.tv.adobe.com and www.jkost.com. There are many others as well.