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File TypeAdobe Photoshop Document

DeveloperAdobe Systems
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CategoryRaster Image Files


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


Image file created by Adobe Photoshop, a professional image-editing program; 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.

Program(s) that open .PSD files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe InDesign CC
Apple QuickTime Player
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
Corel PaintShop Pro X8
Corel Painter 2015
ACD Systems ACDSee 18
ACD Systems Canvas 15
MAGIX Xara Designer Pro X10
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe InDesign CC
Snap Converter
Apple Preview
Corel Painter 2015
Pixelmator 3
Linux LogoLinux
Web LogoWeb
Autodesk Pixlr
Updated 7/6/2015