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Photoshop Tip: Camera Raw files Vs JPEGs

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
July 18, 2013

Here’s a quick look at the differences between these two camera file types, and why you might want to use them

When you pick up your camera, one of the first things to think about is image format. Compact cameras shoot in JPEG, but DSLRs can also shoot in RAW format. The two types, although offering the same image, have their major benefits and pitfalls that go with them. Here’s a run-down on the pros and cons of each format to help you decide which one is going to be best for your workflow.



  • Uncompressed images have lots of definition
  • Edit exposure with high-quality results
  • Accurate control over colour


  • Large file sizes require lots of storage
  • Require compatible editing software (usually supplied with PS)
  • Need converting to JPEG before uploading to the web



  • Small file sizes take up less space
  • Web friendly for uploading and sharing
  • Universally recognised files
  • Image quality deteriorates with more edits
  • Compressed images have little room for enlargement
  • Hard to retrieve lost shadows and highlights