Opening *.NEF in Photoshop CS2 from Nikon Capture 4.3

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Guest, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'm a newbie and my workflow for converting RAW (.NEF) files from my D70
    involves opening and editing my files first in Nikon Capture 4.3 and then
    transferring them over to Adobe Photoshop CS2 for final cropping, sizing and
    editing. I'm not yet very comfortable doing ALL my work in Photoshop CS2
    and like how my shots intially look when I open them up in Nikon Capture.
    The Nikon Raw Plug-in of course replaced the Camera Raw Plug-in when I
    installed Nikon Capture on my computer. The "Options" setting in Nikon
    Capture is set for "Transfers 16 bit data when possible" with regard to the
    "open with Photoshop Quick Tools button."
    For some reason however, transferring the shot from Nikon Capture to
    Photoshop CS2 for final editing transfers the shot in 8 bit mode instead of
    16 bits. I'd prefer to continue working in Photoshop with the full 16 bit
    shot so as to not degrade it for final editing. Does anyone know how the
    transfer the .NEFs into Photoshop CS2 from Nikon Capture in 16 bit quality
    (with the Nikon Raw Plug-in installed in Photoshop)? Thanks for any
    Guest, Jul 11, 2005
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    Roy Guest

    Hi there.

    First and main suggestion is to stop using Nikon Capture.

    Go to the adobe Plug In Folders and delete the Nikon Plug Ins, otherwise
    they will take precedence over the Adobe Converter and limit your conversion

    Save your NEF files to your HDD.

    Use PS and the Adobe Plug In to convert to Tiff or PSD from NEF. There are
    many more controls available on it than there are on the Nikon converter.
    Save these converted files to a diffeent folder from the NEFs, and burn the
    NEFs onto a Cd or DVD and keep them as your Digital Negatives.

    Do your editing etc in PS in 16 bit, and once you are happy, convert to 8
    bit for printing and also to save HDD Space.

    This is much more sensible than restricting your possibilities by using
    Nikon's limited ability software.

    Roy G
    Roy, Jul 11, 2005
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    Guy Scharf Guest

    This works for me. I open a NEF file in NC, press the Photoshop button
    in the Quick Tools bar, and the file is opened in Photoshop CS2 as

    I am using NC 4.3.0.

    I'm not sure why it's not working for you. You might see if Nikon
    technical support can help.

    Guy Scharf, Jul 11, 2005
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