Photoshop CS3 can't open RAW files

Girl In Purple Posts 2 Registration date Saturday January 17, 2009 Status Member Last seen January 19, 2009 - Jan 18, 2009 at 03:00 PM
 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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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,830
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.
i couldnt open any RAW files in cs3, I followed your steps and it worked PERFECT, legend thanks man, ;-p
I worked for me Also. Thanks Xpcman.
worked like a charm - thank you for step by step and I'm in business now!!! THANK YOU!!!
Each new camera model needs to have a new version of the Camera Raw. 8bi file. I understand the upgrade for the Canon 5D Mark II did exist for a while, then Adobe made the upgrade to CS4 and took it off their downloads. Does anyone have the version of Camera Raw. 8bi that works for the 5D in CS3? Thanks xpcman, your solution would work fine if I can find the right version.
anniesu > Maxnm
Jul 6, 2009 at 12:57 PM
Yes I have not been able to find the 8.1.1 download either, did you get it? I can convert using the DNG converter but it is another step and I need to be able to see the raw image files as I go, so it is quite inconvenient to do this and also takes up so much more room (I am using the Canon5D MarkII). thanks!
Also the directions above are for a PC, not a MAC? My plugins are in a different place...
Follow the same instructions, just use the latest camera raw plug-in for CS3 instead!

Camera Raw 4.6 update

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 ^_^

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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 Posts 2 Registration date Saturday January 17, 2009 Status Member Last seen January 19, 2009
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?

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.