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Opening a XCF (GIMP) File Format in Photoshop

Guide ,
Nov 20, 2011 Nov 20, 2011

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Is there any way to get photoshop to open a XCF File format? I know I could download GIMP and re-save the file into a PSD but that is a hassle. Are there other options?

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Nov 21, 2011 Nov 21, 2011

I would think that taking 5 minutes to install GIMP is less of a hassle than waiting hours or days for ideas in a forum.

GIMP is a good companion to Photoshop. There are some features exclusive to each program. I do not think I could work without both.

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Nov 21, 2011 Nov 21, 2011

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I don’t think there are currently, at least I could not find anything definitive with a superficial google-search.

You could post a Feature Request at

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/

but I am unsure about the likelyhood of an implementation.

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Nov 21, 2011 Nov 21, 2011

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I would think that taking 5 minutes to install GIMP is less of a hassle than waiting hours or days for ideas in a forum.

GIMP is a good companion to Photoshop. There are some features exclusive to each program. I do not think I could work without both.

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Guide ,
Nov 21, 2011 Nov 21, 2011

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Interesting...I ended up finding a program that would convert the XCF file into a PSD file and that worked. Thanks for the information

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Nov 21, 2011 Nov 21, 2011

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Would you mind sharing the link to that program in case someone else should come up against the same issue?

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Nov 21, 2011 Nov 21, 2011

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There's http://www.xnview.com and http://www.imagemagick.org to name two but image conversion of these advanced formats may require review in the native program. I would not want to risk losing editable layers or effects to a limited conversion tool. I'd want to know what the file is supposed to look like before it is converted to PSD. Not all features translate.

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Nov 21, 2011 Nov 21, 2011

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Here is the link - http://www.batchimageconverter.com/image-resizer/ - I do not know what the original looked like and the PSD was a flat image which was fine for my purpose.

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Apr 22, 2022 Apr 22, 2022

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A good solution would be a Photoshop plug in that allows Photoshop to load XCF files (Someone should code one!), but installing a converter program for a limited conversion is much worse than installing GIMP for a faithful conversion. It is the same effort after all so you ended up with the hassle you tried to avoid (Download installer, install, open the XCF file, save a PSD...) but with a less faithful conversion.

Glad you got your goal, anyway.

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What I just encountered is GIMP hoarding or otherwise taking hostage my collection of ADOBE LOOPS.  The files have been with me for a long time.  I haven't had to delve into my audio library as deeply as I am having to for a new project.  I can't find out the native file type because of this.  I can't pull any of the files into Audition as Gimp will not release them.  Very Strange Mercury in Retrograde... ALSO, there is nothing anywhere about this weirdness. Seems ambitious for a photo/graphics program to insist itself on an audio format file.  -- Thanks for any consideration.  Peace

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