File Extension BLW

  • Full name
    Adobe Photoshop Black And White Presets Format
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a BLW file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a BLW file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your BLW file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is BLW file?

The file extension is used for Adobe Black and White settings of the image editing software Photoshop. Blw files contain information for converting a color image into a black and white image, including percentages of red, yellow, cyan, blue, and magenta, as well as values for saturation and hue.

More info

BLW files are mostly used to convert digital photos into a black and white image. With the help of the settings, different presets (blw files) can be used to create completely different black and white images.

The window for the black / white function can be opened via 'Picture-> Adjustments-> Black-white'. Here you can load and save the settings. Photoshop already comes with some presets, including blue filter, maximum black or infrared, but without BLW files. The location of BLW files is usually 'Presets / Black and White' in the main Photoshop folder.

Programs which can open a BLW file

How to open file with BLW extension?

In order to open a file with BLW extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening BLW file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with BLW files, follow the instructions below.
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Install Adobe Photoshop or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening BLW files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support BLW files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of BLW files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.


Set Adobe Photoshop as the default program for opening BLW files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate BLW files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Adobe Photoshop applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Adobe Photoshop has been installed.

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Check the section that lists most common problems with BLW files

Sometimes problems with opening BLW files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • BLW files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open BLW files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • BLW file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)