You hear it all the time: For better images and more control, shoot RAW. Why? Because when you shoot JPEGs, all your decisions about brightness, contrast, white balance, and more are written into the file forever.

But with RAW you can adjust those things later with conversion software. If you have Photoshop CS or later, try Adobe’s Camera RAW to do the processing. To get into the program, double-click a RAW image in Adobe Bridge, or, from Photoshop, go to File > Open, and choose a RAW file.

A note to Elements users: you have a version of Camera RAW, too, but with fewer features. You can still use this column as a guide, though

Click here, or on the photo to launch Debbie’s step-by-step instructions on editing RAW format images.

To see more of Debbie’s Photoshop tips, check out her Dear Debbie blog.