Lumix, RAW files and photoshop

Discussion in 'Panasonic Lumix' started by les, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. les

    les Guest

    Has anyone used photoshop and "RAW files" from
    a Lumix camera? I read that they used a RAW-like file
    and photoshop made it appear like a TV with the horizontal
    hold askew.
    I don't know if there is a special setting, maybe there is a
    work-around. I'd rather use photoshop than their proprietary
    software. (panasonic)

    And what's with ..."RAW-like".... That sounds ridiculous!

    les, Apr 16, 2008
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    ray Guest

    Suggest you try 'ufraw'. It converts raw to jpeg or tiff and allows you to
    do basic editing right there.
    ray, Apr 16, 2008
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  3. les

    Guest Guest

    that makes no sense.
    photoshop uses adobe camera raw to do the raw conversions and it
    supports the lumix dmc-fz8. other panasonic models are supported plus
    numerous other cameras. the full list, as well as more info on adobe
    camera raw is at:

    no idea.
    Guest, Apr 16, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    RAW file is another graphic format(s) (I say THEY because it isn't united
    yet) which has nothing to do with TV effect

    TV Effect sounds like either Plug-In or technique to create the horizontal
    lines. Yes, there are tons of plug-ins and actions to do the TV effect
    Joel, Apr 16, 2008
  5. les

    les Guest

    The manual says RAW files, but on the box it called it different.

    When I feed the files into Photoshop 7, the prompt asked about certain
    parameters to the file, which I didn't know. Of course there was a
    "guess" button, which I tried as well. Anyway I tried it, the resulting
    photo looked like a TV screen with a bad horizontal hold (lines running
    horizontally and skewed diagonally) I figured either I have a bad setting
    for photoshop, or the RAW files are not compatible with Photoshop.
    I've used TIFF and JPG images for years, and finally got a camera capable
    of RAW. Now I don't know if the app is improper, or even if RAW protocols
    are universal.
    Like I said, Panasonic has software included called SilkyPix, but in my
    estimation, nothing comes close to Adobe.(besides, I'm used to it)

    les, Apr 16, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    I'm suprised it even let you get that far. You need a version of ACR
    that knows your camera. It's a free download at Adobe. For PS7 you
    probably also need to convert to DNG, the DNG converter comes with ACR,
    you may need a newer DNG converter with the older ACR component to be
    compatible with your PS version.
    Paul Furman, Apr 16, 2008
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    flaming-o Guest

    The Adobe Raw Converter in CS3 will open and process Pansonic Lumix raw
    files. You may need to update your converter or your Adobe software to the
    most recent version of Elements/CS3.
    The raw converter software that comes with Lumix cameras is not as
    sophisticated and it is difficult to optimize images compared to the Adobe
    flaming-o, Apr 16, 2008
  8. les

    Guest Guest

    what does it say?
    photoshop 7 is too old for that camera.
    there are two types of 'raw'.

    the first is photoshop raw, which is nothing more than a dump of the
    image data. contrast that to a structured image format such as tiff or
    bmp, which includes height, width, bits per pixel, b/w or colour, etc.

    the second is camera raw, which is a dump of the sensor plus a lot of
    metadata about exposure, camera characteristics, etc. the data on the
    sensor needs to be processed to turn it into an image. each camera has
    it's own raw variant (because the sensors are different, sometimes
    drastically so).

    when you tried raw, you were using photoshop raw, not camera raw. that
    won't work (as you found out).
    you'll need to update your version of photoshop, either to cs3 (which
    may be overkill) or photoshop elements.

    there are also other third party raw converters available, but i don't
    know if they support your camera. if they do, that's an option too.
    Guest, Apr 17, 2008
  9. les

    les Guest

    THANKS !!
    I see that I'm not as knowledgeable about digital as I thought.
    I'm ashamed to say I've been kicking and fighting to stay away
    from this medium as I'm from the old 35mm and 4x5 school.
    But dinosaurs have to yield.

    I'm grateful for all the great info all of you have shared with me.
    It's making more sense now............

    les, Apr 17, 2008
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