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A Complete guide to open, convert and repair a PSD file in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is an image editing and graphic designing software used by over 90% of creative professionals. Designing multiple image layers and working on those layers makes Photoshop a unique image editing product among other tools in the market. Some exclusive features of Photoshop are UI size preference, Live blend mode previews, Multiple undo, Frame tool for easy masking and more.

The default image file formats of Photoshop are Photoshop Document (PSD) file and Photoshop Big (PSB) file. PSD file supports up to 30,000 by 30,000 pixels and the maximum size is 2 Gigabytes, whereas the PSB file supports 3,00,000 by 3,00,000 pixels. Other formats used in Photoshop are TIFF, Portable Bit Map, PNG, DNG, JPEG, JPEG 2000 and most of the image file format can be edited using Adobe Photoshop.

As most of the Photoshop images fall under a 2GB size limit, PSD is abundantly used to export the image design from Photoshop. But unfortunately, there are limitations to open and edit PSD file using most of the image editing software available in the market. Because PSD is a proprietary file format of adobe systems and it is structured with components such as Multiple Layers, mask, blending modes and smart objects.

If you do not have access to Photoshop to edit a PSD file, their other free methods to work on a PSD file. In this article, we are going to discuss various methods used by professionals to open and edit PSD file without the help of Adobe Photoshop and fix any Photoshop related errors.

How to open a PSD file using free methods?

As discussed earlier PSD is an Adobe proprietary product, we can able to work on a PSD file using affiliated products of adobe and few free tools available online. Let us check how to open the PSD file with the help of the following tools.

1) How to open PSD file using GIMP?

GIMP is a free software which is capable of opening PSD file. This software is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. To open a PSD file in GIMP software, you no need to install third-party plugins. GIMP is just an alternative to open a PSD file, but Photoshop should be your first choice to open and work on a PSD file.

Step 1) Go to File -> Open
Step 2) Browse and select the PSD file
Step 3) Click Open

2) How to open PSD file using Paint.NET?

Paint.NET is also a free software like GIMP that can open a PSD file. But by default Paint.Net cannot open a PSD file, you have to download a PSD plugin and follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1) Extract the ZIP files
Step 2) Copy PhotoShop.dll file
Step 3) Go to C:/Program Files/
Step 4) Paste PhotoShop.dll file in FileTypes folder and Launch Paint.NET

3) How to open PSD file using Google Drive?

Google Drive is one of the easiest methods to open a PSD file. No need to do any workaround or install a plugin to access a PSD file. But you can only open the PSD file, editing a PSD file is not possible using Google Drive.

Step 1) Upload a PSD file to Google Drive web interface
Step 2) Find and Open the PSD file.

Above mentioned are the free methods available to open a PSD file but the options to edit a PSD file are incomparable to Photoshop. GIMP and Paint.Net are built to open and edit a PSD file which sometimes does not support some of the PSD layers created using Photoshop. So we recommend you to use Photoshop to work on a PSD file.

But sometimes you will wonder, why the PSD files are not opening either in Photoshop nor in any of the free methods we have discussed in this article. The only possibility is that your PSD file is corrupted.

Following are the reasons for PSD file corruption:

1) Sudden power failure
2) Malware attack on the source file
3) Improper shutdown of Photoshop while the PSD file is in use
4) Usage of third party software to open and edit a PSD file

No need to worry about the corrupt PSD files, there are free solutions to retrieve and restore the content of your PSD file.

Solution 1: Restore the previous version of corrupted PSD file

Step 1) Right-click on corrupted PSD file and select Restore previous versions
Step 2) Choose the version of the file and select Restore
Step 3) Open the restored version of the file using Photoshop.
Step 4) Check the file for layers, masks, etc and save it as a new PSD file.

Solution 2: Restore corrupt PSD file using temp files

Step 1) Go to Local Disk (c:) -> Users -> UserID -> AppData -> Local -> Temp
Step 2) Find and open a corrupt file using Photoshop
Step 3) Change extension. temp to .psd and save the file and can open in Photoshop.

Even now if you are unable to open the PSD file, the most recommended a method to repair damaged or corrupt PSD files by using Remo Repair PSD. This tool supports Adobe Photoshop versions like CC 2017, CS7, CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2 and more. Additionally, this tool is also compatible to fix damaged PSD files on Mac.

How to repair damaged PSD files?

Step 1) Launch Remo Repair PSD and Open Damaged PSD file
Step 2) Click Repair to start repairing damaged PSD file
Step 3) Once the process is completed, you can preview the healthy PSD file

Remo Repair PSD is supported by a 24/7 technical team to help you out with queries related to repair damaged PSD files.

How to convert a PSD file?

PSD files cannot be opened using photo viewing tools available in personal computers among users. We have to convert a PSD file to a JPEG, PNG or any other common file type to view a PSD file. PSD file can be converted into two methods.

Convert using a Photoshop

Step 1) Open Photoshop
Step 2) Go to File -> Save As
Step 3) Choose the desired file type such as JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF.

Another way of converting a PSD file is by using a free third party to software available online. But converting your PSD using Photoshop is the safest way to process your PSD file.

Now you have successfully learned to open a PSD file, convert a PSD file and how to repair damaged PSD file using Remo Repair PSD.

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Molly Owen

Molly is the Lead Technical Specialist with distinguished knowledge and understanding of Mac computers and operating systems. Being a veteran photographer and video recovery specialist, Molly’s expertise on video formats and file repair has helped restore a lot of videos and cherished memories of users.

As a technical specialist she also believes in learning and spreading knowledge about the current and trending aspects of various media formats, Adobe Photoshop and macOS troubleshooting. A full-fledged learner, caffeine-lover and a firm-believer that technology would make the world a better place.

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