Adobe Camera Raw

16.3 Raw photo editor for Windows

Fernando Ortega

Tool with advanced editing capabilities for digital photos in RAW format, including exposure, color correction and detail tweaks.

Must-have powerful Adobe Photoshop plugin that provides fast access to the raw image formats - Screenshot of Adobe Camera Raw
Import raw images from digital camera - Screenshot of Adobe Camera Raw
Open and edit RAW images in Photoshop - Screenshot of Adobe Camera Raw
Software provides fast and easy access to the raw image formats - Screenshot of Adobe Camera Raw
Enhance raw images - Screenshot of Adobe Camera Raw
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A must-have plug-in for developing, importing, editing or otherwise dealing with raw digital photos from your camera or phone.

Adobe Camera Raw is a freeware Photoshop plugin app and image editor developed by Adobe for Windows, it's powerful, feature-rich and professional.

The download has been tested by an editor here on a PC and a list of features has been compiled; see below. We've also created some screenshots of Adobe Camera Raw to illustrate the user interface and show the overall usage and features of this Photoshop plugin program.


Provides support for RAW image formats produced by cameras

Adobe Camera Raw is a powerful, yet user-friendly piece of software that allows photographers to quickly and easily adjust their photographs to their liking. The plugin is ideal to adjust the color, tone, and clarity of digital images in next to no time.

With Adobe Camera Raw you can easily make adjustments to the color temperature, exposure and contrast of your images. A number of other adjustments are available.

The user layout is intuitive and easy to navigate with menus clearly labeled. There are two main modes available: Basic and Advanced, both of which offer different levels of customization. Presets are also available to apply settings to your raw images with little to no effort.

Using it with Adobe Photoshop

The Camera Raw functionality in Adobe Photoshop software provides fast and easy access within Photoshop to the "raw" image formats produced by many leading professional and mid-range digital cameras.

By working with these "digital negatives," you can achieve the results you want with greater artistic control and flexibility while still maintaining the original "raw" files.

This powerful plug-in has been frequently updated to support more cameras and include more features over time including more cameras and lens profiles being added with each new version.

Features of Adobe Camera Raw

  • Advanced sharpening: Sharpen images without introducing artifacts.
  • Graduated Filter: Create smooth transitions between colors.
  • HDR Merge: Create HDR images from multiple exposures.
  • Healing Brush: Remove unwanted objects from your images.
  • Image adjustment: Make precise adjustments to the tone and color of your images.
  • Lens profiles: Automatically correct lens distortion and chromatic aberration.
  • Local adjustments: Make targeted adjustments to specific areas of your image.
  • Noise reduction: Reduce noise while preserving detail.
  • Non-destructive editing: Edit RAW images without damaging the original file.
  • Panorama Merge: Create panoramic images from multiple shots.
  • Perspective Correction: Easily fix skewed lines in your images.
  • Presets: Create and save your own custom presets.
  • Radial Filter: Create vignettes and other effects.
  • Selective editing: Make precise adjustments to specific parts of your image.
  • White Balance: Adjust the color temperature of your images.

Compatibility and License

Is Adobe Camera Raw free?

Adobe Camera Raw is provided under a freeware license on Windows from graphics editors with no restrictions on usage. Download and installation of this PC software is free and 16.3 is the latest version last time we checked.

What version of Windows can Adobe Camera Raw run on?

Adobe Camera Raw can be used on a computer running Windows 11 or Windows 10. Previous versions of the OS shouldn't be a problem with Windows 8 and Windows 7 having been tested. It's only available as a 64-bit download.

Other operating systems: The latest Adobe Camera Raw version from 2024 is also available for Mac.

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Adobe Camera Raw has been picked by our editors as very good.
Adobe Camera Raw has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Adobe Camera Raw 16.3 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans.