Apply Profiles in the Camera RAW Editor

This is the third video in a series of nine videos on the Camera RAW Editor in Photoshop Elements.

A profile is a preset for Camera RAW that applies a distinct look to your photo.  In your camera, a profile tells the camera how to apply sharpness, contrast, saturation and color tones to a RAW file when it converts the RAW file to a JPG. In Photoshop Elements, the Camera RAW Editor contains these same profiles and many others from Adobe. Think of a profile as a starting point for your edits – you can apply a profile before making any other edits to your photo. You can apply a profile at any time in your editing process, however, if you prefer.

Viewing the Profiles

Open a file in the Camera RAW Editor in Photoshop Elements:

  1. From the File menu, select Open or Open in Camera RAW.
  2. Select the file you want to open.
  3. Click Open

To view the available profiles, in the Basic Panel, click the drop-down list in the Profile field.

You will see several profiles from Adobe and some that are specific to your camera.

Click Browse in the drop-down list or click the Grid next to the Profile field to open the Profile Browser

In the Profile Browser, you can choose to view the profiles as a Grid or a List. Select Grid.

The profiles are organized in folders, with the Favorites folder at the top. To view all the profiles in a folder, click the arrow to the left of the folder name. The folders, too, are organized in sections.

In addition to the Favorites folders, these other folders are available to you:

Adobe RAW – profiles from Adobe

Camera Matching – profiles that match your camera’s profiles or picture styles

Creative – Profiles from Adobe

Profiles – from other vendors

Applying a Profile

Let’s look at the Artistic profiles. 

  1. Open the Artistic section.
  2. Hover over a thumbnail with your mouse to see the effect of the profile on your image.
  3. Click the Star in the top right corner to add that profile to your Favorites.
  4. Click the profile to apply it.
  5. If the slider is available, you can use the slider to fade or intensify the effect. Some profiles will have the slider; others won’t.
  6. When you are done, click Close to close the Profile browser.  

Profiles and Adjustments

Notice that the profile has changed the photo quite a bit, but has not changed any of the sliders in the Basic Panel. You can make additional edits now to bring your vision to life.

Installing More Profiles

You can download and install third-party profiles to use in the Camera RAW editor, such as these profiles.

Matt Kloskowski


Brian Matiash

The Camera RAW Editor requires that the profiles have an extension of XMP. Profiles that work in Lightroom will also work in Adobe Camera RAW.

To install the profiles:

  1. Download the profiles.
  2. If the profiles are in a compressed ZIP file, unzip the ZIP file.
  3. Copy the profiles to the Settings folder of the Camera RAW Editor.


[UserName]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings 


C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings

After you install the profiles, you will see them in the Profiles section of the Camera RAW Editor the next time you open the editor.

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