Zig Wrote:1. Take raw pic
2.Convert the raw(CR2 in my case) to TIFF in either Canon Raw Converter or Raw Shooter Essentials.
3.Prat about with/butcher TIFF
5.Convert to 8bit
6.Convert to jpeg
I'm NOT saying this is THE way...there are as many opinions as people have airholes; it's just what I've learned to do since September.
(Sorry to have gone off topic; just trying to help)
I do it this way
1) Take raw pic
2) Convert the PEF files to .dng (and then I usually bin the PEF and just keep the DNGs)
3) Open Adobe Bridge and browse the new files
4) Select which one (or several) I wish to process (multiple dng or other raw files can be processed in CS2 ACR)
then decide if I want to leave it sRGB or Abobe RGB -also decide if it want leave file(s) at 3008 x 2008 or maybe upsize or downsize.
5) process just about everything in ACR - straighten and crop if required, exposure, lightness, WB, sharpening, curves, noise reduction, saturation etc.
6)Open as a *copy* by using alt+click on the ACR 'open' button.
The pic opens in PSCS2 still as a .dng
- then I do any layers, filter, arty or other finishing touches I might want before I do the final save - usually as a level 12 jpeg. I know what they say about saving as Tiff vs jpeg but I don't *need* huge tiffs. The top quality jpg is fine for my needs, besides, I still have my original out of camera .dng which gets archived on CD or DVD.
So essentially - it stays as a dng or PSD until the final save. Everything done in the one programme so it all works very smoothly from Bridge to final 'save as'.
I have CS2 and I can't remember the precise tools of ACR in CS - but there are some excellent video tutorials about the new features of CS2 - SEE HERE
Scroll down the page for the quicktime videos.
Have a look at "Camera Raw 1" and "Camera Raw 2" for a more detailed video of how it all works.
Hope that helps a little - it's a never ending learning curve so I'm always learning as I go too!