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I opened a RAW image in Adobe Camera Raw, did some cropping and colour adjustments, and then opened it in Photoshop to work on it further.

When i returned to Bridge, I realised that the original RAW image had little icons on it with crop and adjustment symbol! The original had been changed and now I don't have the untouched raw file anymore.

What am I doing wrong? I thought edits in Camera Raw would not affect the original RAW file. Do i need to make some setting changes?

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I'm not an Adobe user, but I think that the answer here is that it's not actually making destructive changes, just remembering what changes you did make. You should be able to undo them with no loss. (And, the changes are probably stored in an XMP sidecar file.) – mattdm Dec 3 '12 at 6:44
Check the date on the file to see when it was last changed. – Rene Dec 3 '12 at 8:21
If the image is DNG, it will record the changes in the DNG file, but these can be undone. – John Cavan Dec 3 '12 at 14:14

Anything you do in Camera Raw is non-destructive. It will save the changes in an XMP file so that adjustments are applied when you view the file and edit it. But you can manually undo them anytime you want.

The easiest way is to simply delete the XMP file.

Or you can open the raw file in ACR and undo the changes. For example, select the crop tool, then right click and clear crop.

I think the quickest way to undo everything is to find the little pop up menu on any of the right-hand panes, click on it and select Camera Raw Defaults, which should restore it to the original state. If you select Previous Conversion you'll get the most recent edits back.

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