How do I open a raw image with the Photoshop raw plug in as opposed to the Bridge raw plug-in.
I read in a book on adobe raw that it is often useful to open an image at the same time with the adobe camera raw bridge plug in and the Photoshop camera raw plug in.
I can open a raw image in photoshop but I suspect I am not actually getting access to the camera raw plug in as none of the controls present in the bridge raw plug seem to be available from within Photoshop.
Of course I can access bridge and the bridge raw plug in by opening bridge from within Photoshop but this is not what I want to do. I would like to open the image using the photoshop raw plug in not the bridge plug in.
Clueless . . . and confused.
Thanks for the discussion. It is interesting. Let me clarify a bit regarding my issue.
I am using Mountain Lion OSX on a mac, of course, and CS6. I have been using Aperture, a piece of Apple Software similar to Light Room to organize my images, opening them from Aperture in Photoshop to edit them, as I am both familiar with Photoshop and like the way it does things better than Aperture. I recently started using CS6 and working with Adobe Camera raw 7, which I think is the version that comes with CS6. All the info I can get from the web site, including a very nice tutorial from Adobe on camera raw, simply tells me to open it from Bridge. When I do this, I get a nice set of sliders and other adjustments specifically associated with Adobe Camera Raw and the camera I am using.
I can open a file in Photoshop using the method SkillRooster suggests and, sure enough, it opens it with the camera raw plug-in (if I simply open the image by double clicking on it it opens in photoshop, no plug-in). If I then go to bridge and open it from there, I don't get a second instance of Camera raw, it simply points me at the instance opened through Photoshop.
However, when I open a raw image in Photoshop from Aperture (raw images open with no problem) I simply get the Photoshop interface, not the camera raw plug-in, the same as if I had double clicked on the image to open it from outside of Aperture. I am trying to figure out if there is some way to open an image from Aperture in Photoshop so that it opens in the camera raw plug-in. One possibility I could imagene is to open it in Photoshop and from there open it in the plug-in. The only thing I see regarding this in Photoshop is a menu item that lets me close the image and open Bridge, which doesn't help me with my Aperture issue. I could decide to switch to bridge, but with the thousands of images I now have in Aperture, this would be quite a bit of work. I may just have to work with both going forward.
The root of my original question comes from something I recently read in a book by Bruce Fraser on Camera Raw which is excellent, but it focues on CS 5.5 as he died before being able to update it. In that book he describes a trick he uses where he opens the raw image in a plug-in in Bridge and then opens it a second time using a plug-in in Photoshop. This give him a chance to compare adjustments between the two open images. As I mentioned above, when I try to do this by starting with Photoshop and then going to Bridge, it points me at the same instance. I can't open it in Bridge and then Photoshop since once it is open in Bridge, it won't let me into Photoshop without closing the image in Bridge. I was thinking there might be something in Fraser's method that would help me with my Aperture issue, but can't reproduce what he describes.
Perhaps this was possible in CS5.5 but no longer in CS6.
Another work around I can imagine is to do all my raw editing from Bridge and then save the file as a DNG file in Aperture. I suspect that after that, I am stuck with doing any more raw editing using the Aperture camera raw funcions, which are a bit lacking compared with Adobe Camera Raw.
Hope I am being clear here about my dilemma. Any help would be welcomed.