How-To Use Camera Raw in Bridge CS5 and Photoshop CS5

Here’s a look at how you can make amazing image changes using Camera Raw in Bridge CS5.

Earlier, we guided you into the world of taking HDR photos, and how to merge them using Photoshop, and then we showed you How-To Simulate an HDR Effect. In this next Photoshop photography article, we’ll look at how you can make amazing image changes using Camera Raw in Bridge CS5.  Let’s jump right into it or feel free to watch the screencast of this tip.

Step 1 – Importing To Camera Raw

Open up Bridge and browse to the location of your image once you’ve found it; Right-Click on it and select Open in Camera Raw.

adobe bridge open camera raw

A new window will appear with your image on the left, some tools at the top, and a few sliders and settings on the right. You’ll find this interface easy to use since it is similar to the Merge To HDR Pro window interface. Start by pressing the F key on your keyboard to toggle the Full-screen Mode. This isn’t necessary but will help us see more content and data at the same time.

Step 2 – Adjusting Your Image

At the top of the window, you’ll see some tools you can use to adjust your image.  Take advantage of these before you start messing around with the sliders on the right, but they are still available if you do need them later.  For instance, you can Crop your image, just like the screenshot below.

adjust your raw image in adobe bridge

Now you can begin to adjust your image. Start with the Basic Tab which should be the currently active one by default. Move the sliders around until the image meets your preference.  Here is an example below.

modified exposure in adobe bridge

See that?  With just a few tweaks, the image is already looking way better than the original.  Now let’s Click On the next tab, which is the Tone Curve tab. From there, we can make a few more tweaks to get our image up to perfection.

tone curve modify adobe bridge

Once you’re done with Tone Curve, move on to the Sharpening Tab, from where you’ll easily get rid of any luminance noise and color noise.

tone curve and sharpening in adobe bridge

Those are usually all the settings that I do to my images, but you’re free to look around the other tabs to see if you can find anything else you’d like to tweak. When you’re done, press OK to confirm.

Step 3 – Saving Your Image

Even though it will appear that the changes are saved to the image once you go back to bridge, the adjustments you just made will only be visible with Adobe Bridge and will not be shown if opened by other programs such as Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. To save your changes, double-click on your image to open it up in Photoshop. When Camera Raw shows up again, choose Open Image to get your image loaded into Photoshop…

open image in adobe bridge

…and then press Ctrl+Shift+S on your keyboard to save a copy of your image (you can also replace the original with Ctrl+S).

save camera raw file from adobe bridge as image

That’s all there is to it. You’re ready to show your groovy, new, and enhanced photos to friends and amaze them with your Adobe Photoshop skills yet again.



  1. chewbie

    September 3, 2010 at 4:53 am

    what camera do you use, GD?

  2. gringo_23

    December 6, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Hi all, i’m new at this but is there a way to re-open the camera raw plug in once you have hit “open Image” in photoshop. So i can make more adjustments?

  3. NOHAD

    July 2, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Dear friend

    When i am trying to open any photo by right click . . .by Camera Raw i see a message rejected me to use Camera raw . . what is the solution to opeit smoothly ? ? ? ?

    • DW96

      July 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      Try another image, such as an image downloaded from the web. If that works, then just try changing your shooting format on your camera. If the problem persists, you might try a preinstall of Birdge or of CS5 entirely.

      • Nohad

        July 5, 2011 at 2:47 am

        I tried many photos but with suffix JPG is it available to use CAMERA RAW with this suffix.

        Appreciate your assistance

  4. Jimmy

    January 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I cannot open camera raw in my Photoshop CS5. You explained how to do in in Bridge, should I assumed it is the same for photoshop? Please help as I take all my pics in jpegs and raw. I have a canon eos 30D.

  5. Greer

    July 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Thank you for the camera raw step-by-step! My first time and it went just as you said.

  6. dickkauf

    September 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    In CS5 how do I move a picture from Camera raw to photoshop without getting a checkerboard pattern when I click “open image”?

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