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Open a .psd file without Photoshop

Tips & Tricks October 23, 2018, 6:00 a.m.
Files with the extension .psd are image files from the Adobe Photoshop payment software. How do you convert them without Photoshop?
Perhaps you have received pictures from a colleague that you can now look at or put on your website. The problem: The image files have the file extension .psd. That means: Your colleague edited them in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and also saved them as Photoshop files.
However, not all image viewers or image processing programs can handle this format. They are also not suitable for uploading to a website. Photos there should be in JPG format, while other graphic elements (logos, diagrams, icons, etc. and everything with a transparent background) should be in PNG format.
The advantage of the .psd format is that you can edit the files further. For example, if your colleague had inserted a text layer, you could move it within the image, delete it or create a new layer. But for this you actually need Photoshop again. But there are at least two good free programs with which you can open .psd files and sometimes even edit them.

Just look at and convert

The free program IrfanView is very suitable for viewing and converting the files. Download the program from http://www.irfanview.de and install it. Open any picture in it. If the program comes in English, it will be briefly Options / Change Language / DEUTSCH.DLL and OK. At the latest the next time the program is started, it can speak German. After installing IrfanView right click on one of the .psd files and go to Open with. Choose there IrfanView out.
Convert single image: Do you want to save a single picture as a JPG file? Open it in IrfanView and go to File / Save As. Select the file type JPG and click to save.
Convert multiple images: Should IrfanView convert several .psd files at the same time? Open any picture in IrfanView. Go to File / batch conversion / renaming. Select at the top left Batch conversion. In the right part in the middle you filter via File type e.g. PSD Photoshop files. At the top under «Search in», select the folder in which the images in question are located. If you want to convert all of them in this folder, click on Add all, otherwise click one and use Add. You access the target format (top left again) JPG. A little further down, define a target directory in which the JPG files should end up.
In IrfanView you can convert loads of images at once, e.g. from .psd to .jpg format
click on Start, the selected images are converted and copied to the destination folder.

Edit .psd images

While IrfanView is a top image viewer and converter, it is not suitable for editing the files. For example, the .psd files have levels of editing and content. When placed one on top of the other, these together make up the actual image file. That means: One layer contains the background and further layers contain further parts of a possibly composite image. IrfanView cannot do anything with these levels. If you want to change something on the levels, you need a program that supports levels.
This is where the open source Gimp comes into play, arguably the most powerful open source image editing program available for Windows, macOS and Linux. Download and install it from https://www.gimp.org/downloads. If you now open one of the .psd files in Gimp, you will usually discover (if there are layers) that there are several objects in the layer manager (right column). If you want to know which layer contributes which element to the picture, you can even hide and show these layers individually by clicking on the eye symbol. Now edit the picture as you like and add additional layers if necessary.
Gimp opens .psd files and recognizes the levels in them
Important: If you to save or Save as it suggests Gimp's own .xcf format. To save a file as a JPG file instead, access it File / Export as. Fold down File type and select the desired target format, e.g. JPEG. The file can now be exported in this format.