RAW workflow "Save As" question
Posted on 2007-04-09
PS CS, Windows2000, Canon 10D
I am new to RAW file processing, and have a question about how to keep an original RAW file, and create a copy using "Save As" or some other way to keep the original RAW file original.
I copy all the RAW files from the memory card to a computer folder. When I browse to the folder within PhotoShop CS, I see all the RAW files (CRW extension) as thumbnails. I doubleclick a thumbnail, and I'm on the RAW adjustment screen. I make adjustments, then click "OK", and the file comes up in the regular PhotoShop screen. However, the changes I applied to the RAW file are now embedded in the original RAW file. I want to keep a copy of the RAW file in it's original "raw" state, as well as have a working copy that has the adjustments applied. I can "Apply Camera RAW Settings > Remove All Settings" to get back to the original state of the RAW file, but then I lose those changes I have applied. I am surprised that there is no "Save As" menu option, to create a new RAW file while retaining the original. Maybe I'm missing something?
Probably seems like a dumb question, but is the only way to keep an original set of RAW files:
make copies of all the original RAW files first, and archive them, keeping one set of files original and another set as working RAW files?
Thanks in advance!