I'm having problems with processing my RAW file with ACR. Everything was perfectly all right before till I tweaked some settings (I know I shouldn't and now I regret )
I shoot RAW from my Sony A500, use PMB (Sony's Utility) to view images and then use ACR & Photoshop CS4 to edit my shots. I am using Windows XP SP3 too.
In addition, my camera's colour profile is sRGB, ACR settings set to sRGB, photoshop CS4 colour space sRGB as well.
Each time I open a RAW file using ACR, the image will look less saturated, slightly lower brightness and more flat, compared to viewing the RAW file from PMB itself.
However, opening JPEGs pose no issue as colour, brightness and everything are identical.
I then tried to first convert the RAW file to TIF using another Sony Utility (comes together with the Sony disc) and then open the TIF using ACR, no changes as well. Exactly identical.
Because the problem arouse after tweaking the colour space settings, I tried to reset them back to default and the way it was before. Unfortunately, to no avail as well.
Then, I decided to reset photoshop's preferences totally through the Ctrl+Shift+Alt method; problem still persist.
Next, I decided to uninstall CS4 and deleted the camera raw plugin and reinstalled everything. Problem still persist...
I have run out of solutions and decided to post here hopeful that experts out there will be able to assist me.