Photoshop CS3 can't open RAW files [Solved/Closed]

Girl In Purple 2 Posts Saturday January 17, 2009Registration date January 19, 2009 Last seen - Jan 18, 2009 at 03:00 PM - Latest reply:  wave
- May 3, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Heyyy ,

i've downloaded photoshop CS3 and i'm using canon EOS 450D

i've been trying to edit RAW pictures using photoshop ofcourse .. but they didn't open

i downloaded the camera raw 3.7 software and followed all the downloading instructions on this page:

but it didn't work also .. and when I try to open a RAW picture in photoshop CS3 I get this message : could not complete your request because it is not the right kind of document "

I would really appreciate if someone would give a reason why this happened

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Follow the same instructions, just use the latest camera raw plug-in for CS3 instead!

Camera Raw 4.6 update

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xpcman 18555 Posts Wednesday October 8, 2008Registration dateContributorStatus February 17, 2018 Last seen - Jan 18, 2009 at 09:26 PM
Download Adobe Camera Raw Plug-In 4.1.1

Here are the directions I followed to install the Adobe Camera Raw Plug-In 4.1.1:

To install with Adobe Creative Suite 3 or Photoshop CS3:
1. Exit Photoshop CS3.
2. Open My Computer.
3. Double-click Local Disk (C:).
4. Navigate to: c:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CS3\File Formats
5. Move the existing Camera Raw.8bi plug-in to another location (for example, a new folder on your desktop). Ensure you keep this version in case you need to revert back.
6. Copy the Camera Raw plug-in, Camera Raw.8bi, from the download into the same folder as in step 4.
7. Launch Photoshop CS3 or Adobe Bridge.

Note: If generic camera thumbnails appear in Adobe Bridge, follow these steps:

1. Check to make sure the plug-in was installed in the correct directory in step 4 above.
2. Start Bridge.
3. Choose Tools > Cache > Purge Central Cache.

OK. Now, I can open the .CR2 Raw files in Adobe Photoshop CS3.
Thanks so much. That worked perfectly! Most grateful.
Thanks - its quite old post, yet quite helpful even today
Thank you works like a dream
not working for me :(
when I double click it in the bridge, it opens up in PS, saying...
"not a right kind of document, cant open"
same here... :(
Almost every forum i've looked on, has had the same stuff... here's something that I used, and it worked! I've been working on the same problem for a few days (using CS2).

go here... and select the the OS youre running on the right

the link provided below is an explination/directions for the fix. It's called Adobe DNG converter. Different brands of cameras hold a different RAW format. The DNG converter will convert all RAW files to Adobe's Default RAW format (.dng).

When I used this, I went from 15 MB files to 26 MB. it's larger, but the link above will explain why, it works!

mmmmm well I have Photoshop 7 and just upgraded from a Nikon D50 to a D90 and now cannot open RAW files, I downloaded the converter, and still cannot open the files, I get an error message saying wrong type of files. I'm NOT a super technical person and getting very stressed as I have so much work to do......have I got to upgrade my photoshop?
I couldn't find Adobe Camera Raw Plug-In 4.1.1, only got Camera Raw 5.5.
I followed your steps but I didn't see any "Camera Raw.8bi" in File Formats so I added the new "Camera Raw.8bi" I downloaded in to it. Then I still cannot open CRW files (I have Canon S5IS and use CHDK to take RAW). Please help. Thanks so much ^_^
Thank you so much, the info at the top of the page work perfectly for me. :) Solved a very troubling problem. All of Adobe's featured downloads are for newer versions now, so I had a little bit of trouble finding the version for cs3, I found that the easiest way to find it was to simply Google "camera raw for cs3" and then look for the one from Adobe. Thanks for all of the help!
I cannot find the folder C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CS3\File Formats.

I installed the Adobe suite to my D drive but cannot find it in D as well.

The only folder I get in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe is SavedFonts. I tried creating the rest (Plug-Ins>CS3>File Formats) but it still doesn't work. Any ideas?
Girl In Purple 2 Posts Saturday January 17, 2009Registration date January 19, 2009 Last seen - Jan 19, 2009 at 04:18 PM
I followed all the steps and made sure that the plug-in is copied in the right folder
and when I lauch adobe bridge and go to :
Tools > Cache > I get 2 options : build cache for subfolders and build cache for folder "desktop" !

theres not "Purge Central Cache" and I still can't open CR2 raw files
Try copying your Camera Raw.8bi fille into the program files/adobe/bridge/plugins folder. I had the same problem with .NEF file and that fixed it for me.
cannon 1000d beginner > scribble1 - Mar 19, 2009 at 05:35 PM
i tried all of the above but still dont seem to be able to open raw files, I just get a generic thumbnail and cant open them.

got a bit confused with

step "6. Copy the Camera Raw plug-in, Camera Raw.8bi, from the download into the same folder as in step 4."

didnt know where this file was so typed it into the search and found a file which looed the same??? gar im confused please help?

sandman4justice - Apr 22, 2009 at 09:10 AM
Thanks. The info in the beginning of the topic worked perfectly!
thanks man, very useful and simple step by step guide.
Works perfect!!! Thanks!
Worked perfectly! Thanks so much, saved a lot of time for batch image processing! :)
Thanks very much for the advice xpcman. It worked perfectly. However, there is one problem - I have the generic thumbnail issue and the option for 'purge central cache' is disabled (greyed out). I have googled and havent found another solution for this problem. Does anyone know another solution since I cant purge the central cache?

Thanks in advance.