Adobe Camera Raw is a must-have powerful Adobe Photoshop plugin that provides fast access to the RAW image formats. The Adobe Camera RAW converter functionality in Adobe Photoshop software provides fast and easy access to the raw image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. By working with these "digital negatives," you can achieve the results you want with greater artistic control and flexibility while still maintaining the original RAW files. The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in became the latest must-have tool for professional photographers when it was released in February 2003. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software is built upon the same powerful raw processing technology that is available in the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in.