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File TypeAdobe Photoshop Document

DeveloperAdobe Systems
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CategoryRaster Image Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a PSD file?

A PSD file is an image file created by Adobe Photoshop, a professional image-editing program. It may include image layers, adjustment layers, layer masks, annotation notes, file information, keywords, and other Photoshop-specific elements.

More Information

Photoshop documents support RGB, CMYK, grayscale, monochrome, duotone, indexed color, Lab color, and multichannel color modes. The color mode can be changed within the Image → Mode submenu.

While PSD files are saved in a proprietary format, they can be opened directly with Apple Preview, which is included with Mac OS X. They can be also opened by the media programs included with Windows 7 if the correct codec, such as the Ardfry PSD codec, is installed. These programs include Windows 7 Photo Viewer, Windows 7 Media Center, and Windows Media Player.

NOTE: Autodesk Pixlr can open simple PSD files but is not able to open more complex and larger PSD files.

Programs that open PSD files
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
Adobe InDesign CC 2015
Apple QuickTime Player
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
Corel PaintShop Pro X8
Corel Painter 2016
ACD Systems ACDSee 18
ACD Systems Canvas 15
MAGIX Xara Designer Pro X11
GIMP
DXTBmp
Mac
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
Adobe InDesign CC 2015
Snap Converter
Apple Preview
Corel Painter 2016
GIMP
Pixelmator 3
Linux
GIMP
Web
Autodesk Pixlr
iOS
Pixelmator 2
Android
File Viewer for Android
Updated 3/22/2016