The file extension PSD is associated with Adobe Photoshop by Adobe Systems. Adobe Photoshop is a professional grade image editor which provides many features for modifying images in a variety of different formats, including Camera RAW. The PSD file extension is a native format for Adobe Photoshop and supports a variety of other image formats which include bitmap, CMYK, RGB, grayscale, and multichannel.
PSD files contain data related to images which have been edited using the Adobe Photoshop program. This includes image layers and formats, annotations, adjustment data, and other elements typically included in a high-end graphics image editing application. Once you work with images in Photoshop, they are automatically saved in the proprietary PSD format where they can be converted to another format or opened with compatible image editing applications for the PSD format.
How to Open PSD Files
Regardless of the operating system you use, you can try opening PSD files by double clicking on them to see if they automatically open in a default program. If these files were created on your PC, chances are you have the appropriate program installed.
If you use Windows, you can open PSD files using Adobe Creative Suite CS6. This is a suite of applications that allow you to create and work with PSD files. The applications include Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, each of which is compatible with one another for working with PSD images. You can also open PSD files in Windows using the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, ACDSee Photo Manager 14, or ACD Systems Canvas 14.
For Mac OS X, you can open and edit PSD files using Adobe Creative Suite CS6Ð± which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. The applications are also compatible with one another and allow you to work with PSD files. You may also use Roxio Toast 11, Corel Painter 12, and Apple Preview to open PSD files on a Mac PC.
If you use the Linux operating system, you may open PSD file extensions using GIMP, which is an open source graphics program available as a free download from the relevant website. The program offers features which are similar to some of the high-end graphics programs and allows you to open and edit files with the PSD extension.
If you use Android platform, you can open PSD files using Adobe Debut, which is a relatively new application that allows you to open and edit Adobe Creative Suite designs, including those created with Adobe Photoshop.