How to open RAW?

Julia Chmykhalo
Julia Chmykhalo
December 19, 2014
How to open RAW?

For those who prefer to use professional SLR cameras for shooting, the RAW image format is not new. It is used to save images in the original quality and contains a lot of additional information about a specific frame. For example, after shooting on an ordinary “soap box”, we get a compressed image in the “JPG” format, further editing of which will only lead to a deterioration in the quality of the picture. At the same time, when changing the brightness, contrast or exposure in a photograph in the format of "RAW", the output is high-quality images, post-processing of which is completely invisible.

How to open a RAW file on a computer?

After all the photos are dropped on the PC, the problem arises of their further viewing and editing, since not all programs support files of this type. How to solve this problem, you can learn from the article How to open RAW.

You can open Camera RAW on different operating systems in the following ways:

  • For Windows XP / 7/8 you need to install from the official Microsoft site. It applies to both 64 and 32 bit operating systems. With its installation in the "Explorer" will add the ability to display thumbnails of images in RAW format. In addition, all standard software companies "learn" to understand this extension.
  • On Windows 8.1 / 10, the codec pack is already built into the operating system. To open the RAW format, just click on the file 2 times.
  • On the Debian / Ubuntu family of operating systems, you can use a program such as F-Spot. It usually comes in a package of standard applications, however, editing files in it is not available.

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