File Extension SHC

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

What is SHC file?

With the file extension SHC contour adjustment files of the image editing software Photoshop are marked. Shc files contain settings for contour effects that you can apply to a layer.

More info

Contours can be used to affect the appearance of various effects, such as shadows or glints. Under 'Edit-> Preferences Manager-> Contours' you can load and save SHC files and create a contour collection.

Under 'Layer-> Layer Styles' you can select a style and in the following window you can select a contour preset from the collection in the contour settings. You also have access to the contour editor, in which you can make the contour settings yourself. Again, loading and saving is possible.

Programs which can open a SHC file

How to open file with SHC extension?

In order to open a file with SHC extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening SHC 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 SHC files, follow the instructions below.
Install Adobe Photoshop or other program from the list

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

Set Adobe Photoshop as the default program for opening SHC 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 SHC 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.


Check the section that lists most common problems with SHC files

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

  • File data is corrupted
  • SHC 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 SHC files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • SHC 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)

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