How to Save Edited RAW Files in Digital Photo Professional on Your Canon EOS 6D - dummies

How to Save Edited RAW Files in Digital Photo Professional on Your Canon EOS 6D

By Doug Sahlin

Digital Photo Professional doesn’t store changes you’ve made to RAW files after you edit and close the application on your EOS 6D. You’ll need to save the changes by saving the image in another file format. When you launch Digital Photo Professional again, you can apply different edits to the RAW file and save the image with the new changes using a different filename. To save your edited work:

  1. With the image you just edited still selected, choose File→Convert and Save.

    The Convert and Save dialog box appears.


  2. Enter a filename and location for the edited image.

    If desired, you can use the same filename. The file format in which you can save the image won’t overwrite the RAW file. You can save the new file in the same folder or create a new folder in which to store your edited images.

  3. Choose a file type.

    You can save the file in any of the following formats:

    • Exif-JPEG: Saves the edited image as a JPEG file.

    • Exif-TIFF (8Bit): Saves the edited image as an 8-bit TIFF file.

    • TIFF (16Bit): Saves the edited image as a 16-bit TIFF file. The file size of this format is considerably larger than the 8-bit TIFF format, but you have more information to work with if you edit the image in an application like Photoshop.

    • Exif-TIFF (8Bit) + Exif-JPEG: Saves an 8-bit TIFF file and a JPEG file.

    • TIFF (16Bit) + Exif-JPEG: Saves a 16-bit TIFF file and an 8-bit JPEG file.

    If you choose a JPEG option, you can specify the quality.

  4. Accept the default JPEG quality of 10 or drag the slider to specify a different quality.

    The default setting of 10 produces a high-quality image at the expense of a large file size. If you specify a lower quality, the image quality is poorer and the file size is smaller. When you specify a lower quality, Digital Photo Professional compresses the file and data is lost.

  5. Accept the default resolution of 350 dpi (dots per inch) or enter a different resolution.

    With most printers, you can get by with a resolution of 300 dpi.

  6. Accept the default option to embed the ICC (International Color Consortium) profile or click the check box to reject the option.

    Your best option is to embed the profile with the image.

  7. (Optional) Select the Resize check box.

    If you use this option, the Width and Height text boxes appear with the current dimensions of the image. The Lock Aspect Ratio check box is selected by default. If you deselect this option and change one value, the other value won’t change and the image won’t look right.

  8. (Optional) Enter a new value for width or height.

    When you enter one value, Digital Photo Professional does the math and supplies the other value as long as you enable the Lock Aspect Ratio option. (You did enable it, didn’t you?)

  9. Click Save.

    Your changes to the image(s) are saved.