Adobe released a camera RAW plug-in for Photoshop 7 in 2003 and this plug-in became a standard feature with the release of Photoshop CS. The RAW file is opened into a camera RAW dialog box where the user can, amongst other things, set the white balance, optimise the histogram, apply image sharpening and select the colour profile and bit depth before opening the file into the Photoshop interface. If the user selects the 16 Bits/Channel option, the 12 bits per channel data from the image sensor is rounded up - each channel is now capable of supporting 32,769 levels.
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Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.