File Extension PSD

  • Full name
    Adobe Photoshop Graphics Format
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a PSD 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 PSD file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your PSD file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The PSD format is the native graphic format of the image editing software Adobe Photoshop. The PhotoShop Designated File is a lossless graphics format that stores much more information than pure image data. Among other things, information about layers, masks, paths as well as alpha channel information and vector elements are saved.

Adobe Photoshop is the standard program for professional image editing. Therefore, the main application of the PSD format is the exchange of data between designers, designers, etc.

When opening a PSD file, there can be problems, since the PSD format is not 100% backwards compatible. Each new version of Photoshop has new features that result in new data that can be saved to the PSD file.

Older Photoshop versions may not understand this data. But you can also save the PSD files with maximum compatibility to make them more readable for older Photoshop versions. However, under certain circumstances, the data of the new functions will not be saved.

In addition to Photoshop, there are of course a lot of other graphics software PSD files can read more or less well. For example, the free graphics editing software GIMP can read PSD files and, for example, also recognizes the layers, but unfortunately not the type of layer. A text layer becomes a normal layer, which can then no longer be edited in GIMP using the text tool. Other programs require a plugin for reading PSD files.

In general, it is recommended to always save PSD files with the compatibility option for further processing in other applications.

Programs which can open a PSD file

How to open a PSD file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the PSD file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a PSD file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support PSD files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a PSD file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all PSD files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with PSD there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the PSD file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the PSD file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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