.NEF files do not open in photoshop CS

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by roman_forquy, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Hi,
    I am getting very frustrated having spent the last few hours downloading plug-ins and so
    on... nothing will do. the photos were taken with a D1X. I have a mac running on OSX.
    Nikon View 6 is up and running and I can see the photos there. i have installed the camera
    raw 2.4 plugin as well.

    when i try to open the file in photoshop CS i get a basic window with white balance and
    exposure correction with no image preview. if I click "ok" CS tells me it could not complete
    the request because of a program error. i can see the files (thumbnails) in the photoshop
    browser or when i go through "open". but the same window pops up in CS, the nikon
    software i reckon and the image does not appear. the camera raw software never shows

    i have read a lot of threads on .nef and CS and D70s, but nothing on my specific problem.

    can anyone help?


  2. Could this be your problem?

  3. alan,
    thank you for posting, but unfortunately i had already tried this operation several times.
    removing the NEF plugin from the photoshop folder just results photoshop telling it could
    not open the file due to an unknown extension.
    also, it seems effectively that the nikon software overrides camera raw, yet the nikon software
    in CS does not even show nor open the files...
  4. Are you sure you have the adobe plug in in the right place? Its been a while since I messed with Cs . But I think you have to make sure the Adobe plug in is there and the Nikon one is not.

    Sorry I can not give you the specific path I no longer have CS on my system and CS2 puts it in a different place

  5. Not sure if this is your problem or not. Click on search on photo.net and type "Nikon NEF plug in". Take a look at the first thread that comes up. This references Windows and not Macs but I think you have to delete or re-name the Nikon NEF Plugin LE.8bi file.
  6. Here's the plugin you need:
    http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=2705. Once you download it you have to make sure it replaces both the original plugin from adobe AND the Nikon plugin (which has far fewer features than the ACR version). Unfortunately I also don't have CS anymore, but here are the directions from the same download page above:
    1. Exit Photoshop CS.
    2. Move the existing Camera Raw plug-in from the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS/Plug-Ins/File Formats folder to a folder outside the plug-ins folder.
    3. Copy or move the new Camera Raw plug-in from your download folder to the Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS/Plug-Ins/File Formats folder.
    Hopefully that'll help! Good luck.
  7. Roman, just download them into iPhoto and be done with it. There are all the adjustments
    there that you'll need.
  8. Roman, I'm running CS2 on OSX 10.2.8, not optimum but working pretty OK.
    I actually need to re-install Photoshop at this moment in time myself because
    of a glitch of it (PS) not opening anything! However, this has only happened
    once before.

    I use Bridge as my primary editing tool and open most of my files through it.
    Have you tried opening a NEF file directly from Bridge? Camera Raw will
    open and display the image. I can do this with both images processed and
    not processed through NV6. It sounds like you may have already tried this
    without result, but it may be worth a try if you haven't.

    I would try re-installing just photoshop, which is what I am about to do. Don't
    add Nikon View as the plug in. Keep it as simple and native as possible.

    Here's a link to an Adobe troubleshooting page. I tried most of these when my
    images wouldn't open (and mind you, I couldn't open anything at all), finally I
    did the re-install as outlined and everything was fine, until a day or two ago.
    Now it's time to re-install again. A bit of a pain yes, but... if it works...


    good luck, Dennis

    Again, there's no need to have Nikon plug-in to PS, at least I've never needed
    it. PS handles my D2H files fine. As a matter of fact, I just discovered that
    NV6 processed files won't allow batch processing of additional metadata in
  9. thank you to all the people who have contributed. unfortunately, i had already tried most of
    these solutions, to no positive effect. i still can't open the files, all i get to see is a very
    approximate thumbnail. even DNG converter 3.3 can't manage it. i am starting to think the
    files might be corrrupted or something as disagreable...
    i should have known better during the shoot and use large jpeg instead. no more raw files for
    me. i will try to get my hands on nikon capture (will it manage? it should, but again) or CS2. if
    anyone has more ideas, send them down. are raw files from D1X so different from that of a
    D70? i think i will soon need psychological support...
  10. Roman, if you send one of the files to me I would be willing to try to open it to check for corruption...you can find my e-mail by following my link here (I hate to type it because of bots.)
  11. greg,
    there is no link to your email anywhere. i would gladly send you a file to see if you can open
    it. how should we do it?


  12. hi,

    I m having the same problem, but i m using nikon d50 and photoshop cs, if anyone knows
    the solution for romain, is this the same for my problem?

    thank you
  13. Hi Roman, Just click on my name in this post. One of the top links is E-mail Greg Lyon: 'request e-mail (20 second delay)'. That'll take you right to it here's the direct link: http://www.photo.net/shared/community-member?user_id=136786.
    Eva, yours should be the same solution. With photoshop CS you need to download Adobe Camera Raw v2.4 plugin for Mac or Windows. Follow the instructions on the adobe download page to install it in the correct directory. Then you should just have to restart Photoshop and it should recognize your D50 raw files right away.
  14. hey Greg,

    thank you for your answer but the update camera raw 2.4 doesn t support nikon d50 (only
    d70 and d100). I can t find a camera raw plugin for Photoshop CS who supports Nikon D50.
    The only camera raw plugins i found who did support the D50 are made for Photoshop CS2.
    Anybody knows a solution for this?

    thanks Eva
  15. OK I had the same problem with my new Nikon D200...now I can open the files (after downloading the Camera Raw 3.4 plugin but still can't few the thumbnails in the Bridge....what am I doing wrong?
  16. hi jennifer,

    I m sorry but I don't know the answer to your problem. maybe contact nikon? I have just
    downloaded photoshop CS2, and now it works.
    good luck!
  17. bah. I just ran into this problem, with a D200 and Photoshop CS running on Mac 10.3.9 that also has Picture Project loaded. The difference in my situation is that Photoshop had no problems loading NEF images for the past few months, until this morning. I can't think of anything different I've done to my comp, except that I recently ran an Onyx maintenane, but I've done that before.

    And I also just tried the DNG converter, and it didn't work. And removing the Nikon plugin, and getting the latest camera raw plugin which I probably had but just in case ...

    I'm just gonna do this in Picture Project now. But I hope an answer pops up, especially seeing how this setup can indeed work, but for some reason has quit.

  18. whoops. OK, I got DNG converter to work. I had gotten 2.4 because it was bundled with CR2.4, as CR3.4 is unusable with CS.

    I still have no idea why PS CS opened my NEF files. It did, though. For months. So I never had to try any other options, and I'm only reading all these posts about difficulties now. As well as downloading Nikon View and Lightroom.
  19. ok, why don you try this,
    first, install PS CS.
    then install the Picture project(software that come along with your camera)

    after installed, you will see additional Nikon*(Nikon NEF Plugin LE.8bi) files appear in
    C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop CS\Plug-Ins\Adobe Photoshop Only\File Formats\Nikon NEF Plugin LE.8bi

    hope this help.
  20. Get rid of the Nikon software. It is the spanner in the works.
  21. OK, I had the same problem and pulled my hair out for a while until I figured what to do. I run Photoshop CS2 on mac OSX. I went to the Adobe website and downloaded the needed plugin to open these files in Adobe Bridge.. for mac its 3.7. If you have a look around you will see the plug in you need for Windows platform. (Im pretty sure its the same). You need to delete the Nikon plugins from your folder, Adobe has a pretty good explanation on what to do, follow exactly what they say and hey presto your files will open in the Bridge!!
    Here is the link : http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/search/index.cfm?loc=en_us&term=3.7+camera+raw

    Just make sure you select the right version of photoshop and the right platform ( windows or mac )

    Here is the direct link for photoshop cs for windows:


    Good luck and happy shooting
  22. Hi Roman. I had the same problem. Just got a copy of Photoshop CS in an eBay auction,
    and it wouldn't open my NEF format raw files from my Nikon D70. I looked and saw that
    CS came with the Adobe Camera Raw version 2.0 plugin. Went to the Adobe website and
    saw that their description of the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw, v. 4.2, said it would
    work on CS, CS2 and CS3. I downloaded it, installed it, and it won't open my NEF files.
    I have a copy of Photoshop Elements 3.0, which I got because it is able to open NEF
    files. I copied it's Adobe Camera Raw plugin, version 2.3, into Photoshop CS, after
    deleting versions 4.2 and 2.0. Photoshop CS now opens my D70 NEF files with no
    problems. I put the Adobe Camera Raw 2.3 plugin in the Photoshop CS/Plugins/File
    Formats folder.
    Don't know if you can download v.2.3 from the Adobe website, but if you can, that
    should do the trick. If not, find a friend who has Photoshop Elements 3.0 and get a copy
    of the 2.3 plugin there. Good luck!
  23. You can get the Camera Raw version you ned from here http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=39&platform=Windows
  24. an alternative solution is to use the context menu of windows. here's how:
    1. run "regedit"
    2. go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
    3. open *
    4. you'll see there "shell". this is where you'll add a new key on the context menu
    5. right click on "shell", select "New", then "Key"
    6. you can name it whatever you want. i suggest "Photoshop CS5"
    7. right click on the newly created key, then again select "New", then "Key"
    8. on the right pane, right click on "Default", then choose "Modify"
    9. on the space that comes up, write the path to Photoshop CS5. In my case, "c:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Photoshop.exe %1"
    Exit regedit, then go to your .nef folders, and just right click on any .nef file. The context menu will pop up and you will find your newly created context menu. Click on it and CS5 will open the file.
    I hope this helps. Warning though. You have to back up your registry settings first before you do anything. Just right click on "computer" while on the registry editor, then click "export". That's it.

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