Elements: How does Photoshop Elements 11 deal with .NEF files?

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Hello
I'd like to know how is Photoshop Elements 11 deal with .NEF files?
I use elements 9 and the application is somehow limited for those files.

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Leonor
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Hi Leonor,

Elements uses Adobe Camera Raw 7.x to open and adjust .NEF raw files.

http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elem...

Do you have more specifics about what you found 'limited' in PSE 9?
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Although Photoshop Elements uses the same ACR plugin, many features are not available when running under Photoshop Elements. To get all of the power from ACR you need to be running the full version of Photoshop.
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Hi thanks for your reply.
By limited I meant the fact that you can only do a few adjustments on a NEF file. For err example the brush or getting the picture straight cannot be done on as NEF file or can changes be saved as a NEF file.
Capture NX2 is a program that allows as all that (for example).
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Adobe Camera Raw in Elements (and PS CS6, and Lightroom 4) can can adjust and crop images using metadata and save the edits as XMP metadata. NEF files are 'read-only' so you cannot modify them directly.

Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom include more advanced tools for retouching, brushing 'local' adjustments on images, spot retouching, and gradient adjustments. Elements doesn't have these more advanced features.
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(Lightroom 4 is probably more comparable to Capture NX2) You can download a trial of any of our products and use them for free for 30 days here:

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/

I have a collection of Free Photoshop, Lightroom, & Elements learning resources (video tutorials, user manuals, etc) from Adobe here: http://adobe.ly/iczlLh
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Thanks. I am semi-professional photographer, and use a Nikon, always take picture on NEF format. I have been using Elements 9 but always thought it was limited for NEF files and really advanced for JPG files.
WOuld you advise me to buy lightroom now? I downloaded the trial and it looks like (on first look) that the number of effects, correction (brush, delete, tone on tone) are not present in lightroom. Am I correct?! Also the import function doesn't seem to import straight from the camera?
thank you for your feedback...
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"I have been using Elements 9 but always thought it was limited for NEF files and really advanced for JPG files." Actually the opposite it true. A raw file is more flexible and far more editalble than a JPEG file.

"I downloaded the trial and it looks like (on first look) that the number of effects, correction (brush, delete, tone on tone) are not present in lightroom. Am I correct?"

Are you looking at the Develop module? That's where all the image adjustment/processing occurs (including adjustment brushes, spot healing and gradients)

Lightroom can be used to import directly off your camera if you want. The OS controls what application launches when you connect a camera to your computer.