I've just started shooting in RAW. Could someone please tell me how to process and save multiple RAW photos to jpeg in Photoshop Elements 11 while keeping the raw file format (dng) file?

I open the Photoshop editor and go to process multiple files. But it does not save the original RAW (DNG) file), and once I save it as a jpeg, the photo compresses. What concerns me is that I know I just lost the original RAW file and if I need to edit the processed file it will keep compressing. After it's saved as a JPEG it's compressed from a 20 megapixel file to 8-10 megapixel file. I shoot portraits and my clients need to be able to print the files for wall art.

I have also tried going to the Organizer to open, select, and edit the files in RAW format, but that doesn't seem to work.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This doesn't make sense. Why do you think the DNG file is lost? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 12:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ when I do a multiple batch in photoshop elements and save as a jpeg. the dng file is gone. and the file states raw.jpeg. the original file or raw file is gone. the only way I can keep it as a raw file is open up photoshop process each photo individual thru the raw format. which is a pain especially when you have a 1000 photos to edit. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tanya Moe
    Commented May 9, 2015 at 11:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't have Photoshop Elements, but I think I know what it might be. First, if you rename a .raw.jpeg file back to just .raw and open it, what file type is it? Second, if you uncheck the rename box in the Process Multiple Files dialog and run a small batch, what happens? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented May 9, 2015 at 11:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Actually, in any case, can you please post a screenshot of that dialog with exactly the settings you are using? I think that might help others figure out the answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented May 9, 2015 at 11:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ it doesn't let me do a screen shot or attach anything on here. when I did a batch edit. it saved it to a jpeg file and then I have .dng file. but after I did the batch edit and it changed to a jpeg file. the file went from 20 megapixel raw file to a 8-10 megapixel jpeg file. in other words does anyone know how to do edit multiple raw photos and save them to a jpeg while still being able to keep it as a raw file so I can still edit the file and without compressing it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tanya Moe
    Commented May 10, 2015 at 13:32

2 Answers 2


If you open a file, and save it as a different file type, you have now a second file. The original dng file is still where it was when you opened it, and you can reprocess it as often as you want, just like a negative doesn't self destruct when you make a print from it.

The other confusion you seem to have is regarding megapixels and megabyte. The number of pixels doesn't change unless you crop or resize your image. What changes when you save in a compressed format like JPEG is the size of the file on disk, expressed in bytes. 20 megabytes for a DNG sounds about right, 8-10 megabyte for a JPEG is on the large side, presumably you saved at highest quality setting.


may i give a new solution

in a notepad

enter the following

ren *.RAW *.JPG
copy *.JPG *.RAW

then save the file as convert.bat in the same folder of the image

and double click the convert.bat.

this converst the raw files to jpeg then copies the jpeg and save it as .RAW files again. it uses Command prompt in windows to execute the command.

  • \$\begingroup\$ This will now work. It is not simply a rename to convert from raw to jpeg. You could also accomplish the same thing with only a copy operation. The rename and then copy is an extra step in addition to being ineffective at achieving the goal. \$\endgroup\$
    – AJ Henderson
    Commented Oct 10, 2015 at 18:33

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