Alternative to Photoshop

New Here ,
Jun 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017

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Hey guys, hoping someone smarter than me can help out here.

I urgently need to open PSD file which was created with the help of Photoshop. But i cannot install Photoshop on my laptop.

Can someone recommend me the best alternative to Photoshop?

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New Here , Jul 05, 2017 Jul 05, 2017
Google is your friend. There are many ways to open PSD file...For example try to open the file (Link removed as per forum guidelines) Good luck

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017

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Only Photoshop can open a native PSD document. Download the free 7-day Photoshop trial.

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Jun 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017

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Surely the Gimp can open a layered PSD file?  I know Irfanview can open a flattened version of a PSD.  I also suspect JJ's link will find a few others

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LEGEND ,
Jun 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017

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Google can find programs that support PSD file format some may only be able to read or write then some may only be able to display or generate a thumbnail. May be hard to find an application that supports all the can be in a PSD file. Only the latest Photoshop can do that old versions can not. Photoshop is somewhat backward compatible it not possible to be forward compatible.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Programs+the+support+PSD+format&oq=Programs+the+support+PSD+format&a...

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Jun 28, 2017 Jun 28, 2017

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Quickest method is to use the online Photopea, which prides itself on having the best PSD support.

Affinity does a pretty good job, but loses smart object (rasterizes the layers).

PhotoLine has great import, including smart objects, and adjustment layers, but export is very rudimentary. But if you just need to open PSDs to pick them apart, PhotoLine is excellent for that purpose, and the installation is very compact (full functional 30day trial).

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PhotoPea is probably your best bet when you need to save an imported PSD again.

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And you will not have to install anything.

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Jul 05, 2017 Jul 05, 2017

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Google is your friend. There are many ways to open PSD file...For example try to open the file

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Good luck

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Jul 05, 2017 Jul 05, 2017

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Yes that has been posted.

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New Here ,
Oct 01, 2021 Oct 01, 2021

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PHOTOpea is a great photoshop alternative it has the exact layout and the exact fetures

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Mar 21, 2022 Mar 21, 2022

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I'm a designer since 20 years and I tried several Photoshop alernatives. I hate Affinity Designer but I love Pixelmator Pro. The first time I discovered a real alternative to Photoshop. If I wouldn't be using InDesign a lot, I would quit my Adobe subscription completely.

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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Affinity Photo will open PSD files.
I switch to Affinity Photo last year because PSE 2021 won't work on my (ancient) MacBook Pro.  I have honestly found it to be one of the best moves that I made.  It's cheaper than PSE, and runs faster on my machine.

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