How to open, edit, and convert ARW files
A file with the ARW file extension stands for Sony Alpha Raw , and is therefore a Sony RAW Image file. It is based on the TIF file format and is similar to other RAW files from Sony cameras, such as SR2 and SRF .
A raw image format only means that the file has not been compressed or manipulated in any way; It’s in the same raw form as when the camera first captured it.
Although the Sony RAW file type is more common, an ARW file may be an ArtStudio screen file instead.
How to open an ARW file
ARW files that are from the Sony RAW image format (ie from a Sony digital camera) can be opened by various graphics applications. Microsoft Windows Photos and Windows Live Photo Gallery are two examples.
Other graphics programs such as Able RAWer, Open Free, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, ACDSee, and ImageMagick can also open ARW files.
Note: Depending on the version of Windows you are using, you may need to install Sony RAW driver before the built-in viewers like Photo Gallery can view the ARW file.
You can also upload the ARW file to the raw.pics.io website to view or edit it in your browser without having to install an ARW viewer application on your computer.
An ARW file that is an ArtStudio screen file can be opened with ArtStudio.
If you find that a program on your computer is trying to open the ARW file, but it’s the wrong application, or if you would rather have an open installed program open ARW files, see ‘ How to get the default program for’ modify a specific file extension directory . which changes in Windows.
How to convert an ARW file
The best way to convert a Sony RAW Image file is to open it in one of the programs I mentioned above. Photoshop, for example, can convert an ARW file into RAW , TIFF, PSD , TGA and a number of other formats, through the File> Secure As … menu.
If you convert the ARW file to the raw.pics.io Web site, you can save it back to your computer or Google Drive account as a JPG , PNG, or WEBP file.
Adobe DNG Converter is a free tool for Windows and Mac that can convert ARW to DNG .
Another way to convert an ARW file is to use a free file conversion such as ARW Viewer or Zamzar . With Zamzar, you first need to upload the ARW file to the website, and then you can convert it to JPG, PDF , TIFF, PNG, BMP , AI, GIF , PCX and several other similar formats.
If your ARW file is an ArtStudio screen file, use ArtStudio’s File> Export menu to save the file to a BMP, JPG, or PNG image file. You can also output the scene as an EXE , SCR, SWF , animated GIF or AVI video file.
More help with ARW files
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