What is a .PSD File And How To Open It – Adobe Systems (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .psd extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .psd file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .PSD file?

The file extension .PSD comes from Adobe Photoshop Document. The development of this file was done by Adobe Systems. The file has the binary format, and it is a raster related file.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .psd file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .PSD file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .PSD file on various operating systems.

How to open a .PSD file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .psd file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Corel PaintShop Pro, MAGIX Xara Designer Pro X and GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PSD file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .PSD file on Mac

The .psd file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Snap Converter, Apple Preview, GIMP and Pixelmator.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .PSD file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .PSD file on Linux

To open the .psd file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .PSD file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GIMP software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .PSD file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Autodesk Pixlr. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .PSD file?

If you cannot open the .PSD file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .PSD file.psd1 – Microsoft, .psdc – Adobe Systems, .psdl – Microsoft, .psdx – Adobe Systems, .pse – Adobe Systems. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .PSD file with the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Corel PaintShop Pro, MAGIX Xara Designer Pro X, GIMP programs on Windows, GIMP, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Snap Converter, Apple Preview, Pixelmator programs on Mac, GIMP software on Linux and Autodesk Pixlr program in the Browser.