What is and How to Open a PSD File in Windows, MAC and online

Adobe Photoshop graphics file definition and 2 other types and linked programs information.


How to Open PSD Files


It is used by following type(s):

Default file extension for .psd type: Adobe Photoshop graphics 

The .PSD (Photoshop Document), Photoshop’s native format, stores an image with support for most imaging options available in Photoshop.

These include layers with masks, color spaces, ICC profiles, transparency, text, alpha channels and spot colors, clipping paths, and duotone settings. This is in contrast to many other formats (e.g. .EPS or .GIF) that restrict content to provide streamlined, predictable functionality. PSD format is limited to a maximum height and width of 30,000 pixels.

Programs that open it:

  • Ability Photopaint
  • ACDSee Photo Manager
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Creative Suite for Mac
  • Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Fireworks for Mac
  • Adobe Flash Catalyst
  • Adobe Flash Catalyst for Mac
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Adobe Photoshop for Mac
  • Advanced PSD Repair
  • Artweaver
  • Axialis IconWorkshop (Windows)
  • Corel Presentations (Windows)
  • CorelDraw Graphics Suite (Microsoft Windows)
  • FastPictureViewer Professional
  • FastStone Image Viewer
  • GIMP (multiplatform )
  • Microsoft Expression Design (Microsoft Windows)
  • OpenOffice.org Draw (multiplatform )
  • Paint.NET (multiplatform software)
  • Preview (Apple OS X)
  • PrimoOnline (Microsoft Windows)
  • XnView (multiplatform software)


DESIGN II for Microsoft Windows general flowsheet

It is used by DESIGN II specialised software.

Programs that open it:

  • DESIGN II (Microsoft Windows)


Those who work with image editing applications know that they need Photoshop to work at ease. It is true that online there are free alternatives to edit your photos, but the problem comes when someone sends you a file with a .PSD extension. Do not be scared if this is the case, it is not a virus but the specific format of the Adobe photo processing tool.

If you do not have the corresponding software we will show you how you can open and work .PSD files from the Internet.



More than one would like to learn some Photoshop to remove those years of more or else do a little hooligan by modifying a photo. But those looking for a free alternative that allows them to work with .PSD files have it easy with the online tool Photopea.

Just open it you will find an interface very similar to the Adobe program. If you are a veteran or have worked with the previous versions of the software, it will not take long to get the controls, which are very simple and clear. All you need to do is open a file and import the PSD to edit it from the network. The best thing about this free tool is that it allows you to use keyboard shortcuts such as ctrl + alt + z to redo or ctrl + Z to undo, but in contrast you can not create texts to your liking. Being an Internet tool does not have all the fonts or brushes (if you had them) to create the texts you want.

If you think about it, it’s not that bad either. Once you finish with the Photoshop file you can export the image in a readable format to work with it. You can open it with another program that you have installed, such as Word or PowerPoint, and add the sentences you are missing with the style that you like the most.


Other alternatives to edit images

Now that you know Photopea, you just need to get down to work to learn how to edit photos. In addition, you just need a little practice and fretting you will get to do with the basic parameters of the program. Best of all, all the programs share the same categories and only change the interface slightly, so it will not be difficult to get used to them.