What is a Raw File?

JPEG vs Raw file

Understanding the basics of photography and how digital images are stored is important if you want to be able to produce great images. Using tools such as Photoshop for editing can greatly enhance an image, but how it’s stored on your camera in the first place can make a big difference to what you can do to it later on.

Our Photoshop course not only tells you how to edit images, but gives you the technical understanding behind different types of image files, how colours are made up and how to understand image size and resolution. We also offer Advanced Photoshop training for those who want to take their technical knowledge further.

To get you started, here’s some information about Raw files, and when you might want to store images on your camera as Raw instead of as JPEGs.

What is a Raw File?

A Raw file is simply an exact recording of the data that is produced by the sensors of a camera. Like negatives, they need processing to be turned into an actual image file. You need specialist software like Photoshop to view them, and as soon as you make any changes to a Raw file, it becomes an image file and must be saved as a jpg, png, psd or similar. Images in the form of Raw files can’t have been manipulated, so they can be used as evidence in court. Read the rest of “What is a Raw File?”

Different Uses of Contrast in Web Design

This article primarily looks at the use of contrast when designing websites. However, the tips can be used in any design process for good effect.

When you want something to stand out on a website, contrast is great for setting apart one element from another. When hearing the word contrast, most people only consider colour. However, you can also use contrasting sizes, shapes and positions to make elements of your website stand out from themselves. This article looks at the different ways you can use contrast in web design.

All of the images in this post were created using Photoshop. We offer a wide variety of creative courses including Photoshop Training for learning how to create and edit images (including shape and colour) and Photoshop for Web Graphics training if you want a course specifically tailored for web graphic design. Other print design courses include Illustrator training and InDesign training .


There are two main methods of contrasting colours: bright and dark and opposing colours on a colour wheel:



Here are three example of using contrasting colours: Read the rest of “Different Uses of Contrast in Web Design”

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