PSD File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a PSD file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .PSD files.

What is a PSD file?

A .PSD file is an Adobe Photoshop image file. The .psd file extension is given to files that have been created by the Adobe Photoshop computer application. The Adobe Photoshop application is a professional image-editing program that can create various image elements such as layers and masks. When these files are created, they are saved with the .psd file extension.

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most commonly-used image editing applications on the market and it is very popular among desktop publishers and image editors. The images created in Adobe Photoshop tend to take up less space than other image file formats. Both Windows and Macintosh computers can read PSD files with the appropriate software installed.

How to open PSD files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension PSD for different purposes. We have identified 6 PSD openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of PSD file.

Programs that open these files

ACDSeeACDSeeVerified
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerVerified
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopVerified
IrfanViewIrfanViewVerified
ImageMagickImageMagickVerified
GIMPGIMPVerified
We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Suggest another file format using extension PSD

While we know of one file format using the .PSD file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .PSD file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of PSD files. Remember, different programs may use PSD files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Microsoft Picture ItMicrosoft Picture ItUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe Photoshop ElementsUser submitted
PhotoPad Image EditorPhotoPad Image EditorUser submitted
HoneyView3HoneyView3User submitted
HoneyviewHoneyviewUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PSD-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with PSD-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!