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

This write-up talks about opening photoshop files on multiple applications. With this article you will be able to open photoshop document with or without Adobe Photoshop. Hop on to the article to learn more about opening, converting and fixing a PSD file. In case if you have any trouble opening a corrupt or damaged PSD file, you can make use of Remo Repair PSD to fix the corruption.

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. Unfortunately, there are limitations to opening and editing 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, masks, 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 how to open a photo in photoshop and edit PSD files without the help of Adobe Photoshop and fix any Photoshop-related errors.

 

How to Open PSD file on Photoshop on Windows and Mac

  1. How to open a PSD file in Windows
  2. Open PSD file on Photoshop on macOS

Before moving ahead with solutions, let us understand the need why you might need to open PSD file. The reasons are listed in the section below. 

  1. Oversized PSD file - As photoshop allows only 2GB of file limit, this becomes a constraint for the professionals who are working on a bigger file 
  2.  Unable to open Photoshop - Due to corruption of files and other scenarios, you might be unable to open Photoshop. Hence leaving you to open the PSD file in another application or fixing the corruption of the Photoshop application 

Open PSD file on Photoshop in Windows

  1. Go to the PSD file you want to edit or view 
  2. Right-click on the PSD file 
  3. Click on Photoshop
  4. The application will open and you can view or edit the PSD file according to your preferences.

Open PSD file using macOS preview 

If you are a Mac user, you will not need any Photoshop or any external application to open a PSD file. With the help of an inbuilt macOS application, you will be able to easily preview the file. Here is how to open photos in photoshop on a mac

  1. Find the PSD file and right-click on the PSD file 
  2. Click on the Preview option 

How to Open a PSD file without Photoshop

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

  1. Open PSD file with GIMP
  2. Open PSD file on PhotoPea
  3. Open PSD file using Paint. NET
  4. Open PSD file using Google drive

1) Open the PSD file using GIMP?

GIMP is free software that is capable of opening PSD files. 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 opening 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) 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/paint.net
  • Step 4) Paste PhotoShop.dll file in FileTypes folder and Launch Paint.NET

3) 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.

4) Use PhotoPea to Open a PSD file 

Photopea is a free application that can read individual layers. The tool has a level of feature you might not expect from a free web app. Here is how you open a PSD using the Photopea 

  1. Open the PhotoPea application 
  2. Go to File > Open 
  3. Click on the PSD file you want to preview or edit 
  4. Once the PSD file, you can accordingly edit or view 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.

Even after trying to open the PSD file with the listed solutions above, if you are still unable to open them, we recommend you to convert the PSD file by following the listed method below 

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.

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

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

If you are still unable to open or convert the PSD file after following the listed method, the probable reason for it not opening or converting can be due to the corruption of the PSD file. 

No need to worry about corrupt PSD files, there are free solutions to retrieve and restore the content of your PSD file. Click on the link here to effortlessly fix the corrupt PSD file with ease. With the given 3 solutions in the article from the link, you will be able to easily resolve the corruption 

Even now if you are unable to open the PSD file, the most recommended method to repair damaged or corrupt PSD files by using Remo Repair PSD. This tool supports Adobe Photoshop versions like CC 2021, 2019, 2017, CS7, CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2, and more. Additionally, this tool is also compatible to fix damaged PSD files on Mac.

 

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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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