PSD File Extension

Have a problem opening a .PSD file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what PSD files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .PSD file type?

The .psd extension is primarily associated with the very popular non-free Adobe Photoshop Document (PSD) format and file type. PSD is the native format of Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Creative Suite) raster image processing software.

PSD is a container-type format, and besides actual images .psd files store a lot of metadata such as layer layout, transparency and effects data, color masks and profiles, printing settings etc. PSD files store images with lossless compression, which ensures constant quality of the source images.

PSD files are often high-quality and high-resolution source image files with a rather complex layout for printed and electronic publications, web-site design and other professional graphics.

Full native support for the PSD format is provided only by Adobe products positioned as professional-level software. Due to their popularity, however, .psd files can be opened, viewed and edited with many other image processing applications. For instance, GIMP, a full-fledged and powerful image processor, offers a decent support for PSD.

Software to open or convert PSD files

You can open PSD files with the following programs:
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop CC by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop by Adobe Systems, Inc.

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