After some ‘issues’ with CS4, Adobe have apparently seen the error of their ways and incorporated .CR2 file support into their latest Photoshop incarnation – Creative Suite 5.
The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in (version 6.1) is available as a separate download from the Adobe site in either Mac or PC formats and now includes support for the EOS 550d/T2i.
When you select FILE>OPEN from within Photoshop, the .CR2 image opens in a new application (fig.1 ) which offers slimmed-down Lightroom type controls (very similar to Canon’s ‘Digital Photo Professional’) enabling you to fine tune the digital negative before importing into Photoshop proper.
Once in Photoshop, it retains the .CR2 extension, as opposed to Digital Photo Professional’s Tools>Transfer to Photoshop export function, which sends a .tiff file to Photoshop. This is an excellent feature but one which must be treated with a little extra care so as not to destroy the digital negative by accidentally saving any changes.
All in all, this is a very welcome addition to the range of 550d’s image manipulation possibilities.