Editing RAW files

3 months 6 days ago #739644 by Dave NY
Total Newbie here and I have a question on editing RAW files. I may not have some of the terminology correct but hopefully you folks will understand what I mean.

I have a Canon Camera and have started using the DPP 4 Photo editor but then found out it doesn't have a clean way to add a watermark so I also have Darktable which does and seems to do so very well and cleanly.

When I edit a RAW file in any software does the original get changed ever? If I save it with another name like appending "Edited" to the end of the filename is the new RAW file saved with the edits I made or do I have to save it as a JPEG or some other file extension.

What is the best file extension to save edited RAW files as.


Thanks

Dave

Canon EOS 80D with 3 lens's, a Canon EFS 18-55, Canon EFS 55-250 and a Sigma 150-600 Contemporary


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3 months 6 days ago #739661 by Shadowfixer1
RAW files never change. The software creates a sidecar file that has the instructions with the changes you made in it. When the raw file is opened, it looks to see if there is a sidecar file and applies those edits if it's present. Open up your directory and look for these very small instructions files. Not sure about your software, but the file will most likely be an .xmp file. 

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