How can I open a camera raw file (cr2) from my Canon t3i with Photoshop cs3?

I'm not able to open raw files in cs3. I'm not sure if it's an issue with my new camera (canon t3i) or the version of photoshop that I have. How can I check what version of adobe raw I have or even if I do have it. I know it was supposed to come with cs3, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.

Update:

Nahum,

If I convert the RAW files to TIFF, am I still reaping the benefits of RAW over JPEG. I am shooting in a way that saves my images as both RAW and JPEG files. So, I can open my images in Photoshop, I'm just not able to reap the benefits of RAW (little or no degradation of image quality with editing). It seems like my best bet should probably be to use the Canon Digital Professional Editor program that came with the T3i. And then maybe open in photoshop after that. What do you think? Thanks!

Update 2:

Nahum,

If I convert the RAW files to TIFF, am I still reaping the benefits of RAW over JPEG. I am shooting in a way that saves my images as both RAW and JPEG files. So, I can open my images in Photoshop, I'm just not able to reap the benefits of RAW (little or no degradation of image quality with editing). It seems like my best bet should probably be to use the Canon Digital Professional Editor program that came with the T3i. And then maybe open in photoshop after that. What do you think? Thanks!

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  • Nahum
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Photoshop CS3 indeed does come with Camera RAW, but only supports versions 4.0–4.6. The CR2 files from the T3i require version 6.4, which is the latest and only available for Photoshop CS5.

    Without upgrading to CS5, you will need to use a third-party program to convert to another format. The first one that comes to mind is IrfanView:

    http://www.irfanview.com/

    You will also need to download IrfanView's CRW plugin:

    http://www.irfanview.com/plugin

    With these in place, you can convert CR2 files to TIFF using IrfanView. TIFF is the most common format that can encode high-bitdepth images.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Hi,

    If you are searching for Irfanview you can download it for free here http://bit.ly/1rmxYy7

    It's a must have program.

    Bye Bye

  • 8 years ago

    Right click the file and "open with" whatever program came "native" with whatever version of windows you're using.

    ANY photo viewer should open a raw file.

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