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SOLVED: How to open WebP images and save to Webp format in Photoshop?

Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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Long awaited support for WebP images in Photoshop comes from Google.

https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/docs/webpshop

 

{Moderator note: Edited the thread title}

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media
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Adobe Employee , Jul 14, 2021 Jul 14, 2021
Hi there, Take a look at the following article to download the WebP Plugin for Photoshop and how to install it in Windows and macOS platforms: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/support-webp-image-format.html Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks, Mohit

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Contributor ,
Feb 09, 2021 Feb 09, 2021

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Periodically check the GitHub link. The plugin was updated yesterday.

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New Here ,
Apr 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021

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I followed the instructions on how to install, restarted Photoshop but it is not showing as a file type. Wondering what I might have missed.

> downloaded from github

> unzipped

> Moved filed folder to Adobe Photoshop 2021 : Plug-ins folder

> Opened Photoshop

> Opened a jpg image

> Went to save as but there is no webp extension showing

 

Any suggestions most welcome !

 

Thanks

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021

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Windows or Mac, which version?

 

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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New Here ,
Apr 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021

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It is windows. I found the issue. Instead of loading the file folder I just had to load the 8bi file to the plug-ins folder. Problem solved.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 30, 2020 Aug 30, 2020

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Hi there-

19 days ago, I was able to open webp files in Photoshop so I could convert them into a different file type.

 

I realize there are other ways to around this but I'd much rather use Photoshop.

 

Screenshot attached for proof.Could not open file.pngOpened it 19 days ago.png

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 30, 2020 Aug 30, 2020

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Ugh. I'm annoyed still but I found the first SERP result to be effective at resolving the issue. I installed this plug-in but I'd prefer if Photoshop updated to make it possible to open these files natively again.

Here are the instructions I followed so I could open these webp files in PS again: https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/docs/webpshop

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Participant ,
Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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And 2021 we're still in this situation where software we pay loads for can't open webp, yet free software like Graphic Converter and a bunch of other software can......

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Explorer ,
Jun 17, 2021 Jun 17, 2021

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newby82 thanks worked like a charm. in my case i did run a ClamXAV scan on the .zip and the plugin file from webp but all was well. I dont know if its a rights issue with Alphabet or what, but a heck of a feature limitation for Photoshop to be unable to handle what are fast becoming the 2nd most common image file format on the web.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 23, 2021 Jun 23, 2021

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Good point jeff@seaver.com  about potential rights issue with Alphabet. Hopefully both companies realize this hacky work around is in no one's best interest - just annoys all Google users and all Adobe users.

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Explorer ,
Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

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My best option was to go ahead and open the webp with Preview and save as a jpg from there. I'm just using the images for layouts, so I can't vouch for the quality in the conversion. But with my computer being updated, the webpshop plug-in would require going into Terminal to work, so I just opted for that solution for now. Hope this helps someone.

 

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Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2021 May 24, 2021

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Thanks Mona. This is (was?) a great fix, does it still work?

Am I missing a step somewhere or did google put the kibosh on this too?

 

Pat

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Explorer ,
May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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Hi Pat,

I'm on a newer computer now, but it still works. There are, in fact, three ways to get the choice to convert to a jpg when you open it in Preview. Here is a screenshot of my menu—all of those choices have a "save as" option. Works like a charm.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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I see that many people have been asking for several years now about WebP image formatting in Adobe products and Adobe still does not support it.  Most of the responses I have read have had the attitude that WebP formatting is not important.  It has become clear to me that this attitude should change. 

While the WebP format is still not used by all browsers, I imagine this will change in the near future.  Many big players have already adopted this format and are implementing it by detecting the user's device and browser, then telling it whether or not to display WebP or some other format.  One such big player that has widely adopted it is Wix.  As a web developer, I personally am not a fan of Wix, but they are certainly a popular company to watch as far as technologies they use.

Google, the main power house we all aim to please, is actively promoting WebP format.  Not only in their author blogs, but also in their technical documentation.  We all know that our SEO tends to work better when we do what Google says.  Check this out...

https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/docs/using

I personally would like to be ahead of the game in adopting this.  WebP is getting some pretty awesome reviews in regards to performance.

I have always loved Adobe products.  I loved them before they were owned by Adobe.  But what I really love is that they remove the need for a lot of third party products to get a job done.  One program to meet the needs of an entire project.  But with WebP, we have to install a third party plugin or use a third party conversion website.  I personally would prefer to not bloat my Adobe programs with third party plugins that I do not know much about.  Nor do I like the idea of some third party conversion website having copies of my imagery.

I am just writing this to add another voice to the collective that thinks it would be wise to start considering adding WebP to Photoshop and Illustrator as Export formats.  Other than that, I love Adobe products.  If anyone wants to contribute their opinions on the matter, I would love to hear them.

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Advocate ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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Send in a suggestion. We are all just users on here and cant change anything.

Feature Request/Bug Report Form

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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@Daniel E Lane I will do that!  Thanks for the link!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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There's an existing feature request on the official Photoshop-specific feedback site:

Photoshop: Please Provide Support for the WebP Image format | Photoshop Family Customer Community

You can add your vote and rationale to the existing discussion there.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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To give WebP some traction, someone big would have to do what Apple did with HEIC: take their users hostage. This is what you get, deal with it.

Yeah, I agree with you. Jpeg is long overdue for history's junk pile.

The problem with jpeg is that it works too well for 99.9% of the users. There's no incentive. If you ask the average guy, there's nothing wrong with jpeg. They wouldn't know destructive compression if it bit them in the behind, and even if they did they wouldn't care.

A feature request is the way to go. The more the better chance. Adobe always listened to numbers.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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I think a better way to put it to clients would be "Do you want a faster website and mobile app?"  Client: "Yes!"  "Then you need WebP."  Many of my clients always want a fast website and mobile app.  They may not understand the dynamics of why JPG loads slower.  And you are right, they would think JPG is the way to go because that is all they know.  But explain it like that and they will be sold.  The problem now is that the average person doesn't even know about WebP yet.  They don't know what they could be getting.  So yes, we need to promote it and put that incentive out there.

Better yet, make it easier for developers and designers to adopt it and SHOW everyone else the difference.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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Hostage? You realize that its a simple toggle to switch an Apple product from HEIC to JPEG? :eyeroll:

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 24, 2019 Jan 24, 2019

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Lumigraphics  wrote

Hostage? You realize that its a simple toggle to switch an Apple product from HEIC to JPEG? :eyeroll:

All right, that was unfortunate phrasing.

Actually I think they did a good thing by forcing the issue - and then they did a very bad thing by imposing license restrictions, effectively insulating macOS/iOS from all other environments. I'm still sitting on a folder of heics I received from a friend, which I can't open. When I asked him for jpegs, or anything I could open, I was met with total incomprehension that I could possibly object to the Apple way. Yes, he's still a friend, but that sort of thing tends to tax it...

That's a bad way to do it. It's possible to force the issue with a little more forgiveness. With the major players pushing it I'm sure Adobe will follow. For all I know WebP support may be in the next Photoshop release.

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Guide ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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At this point all Chromium (excepting Safari, of course, Apple being Apple) based and Firefox browsers support webp. The only outliers are Edge and Safari. Microsoft announced in December that they're abandoning their own browser engine in favour of... Chromium. Which means more than 95%.

And yes, it is rather silly and ridiculous that the world's #1 image editor still does not support webp as a format without a plugin. I suppose Apple and Microsoft are to blame for the current webp limbo. It'll get better, though.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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95%? You are forgetting all the iOS users. Apple has sold 2 billion iOS devices.

https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/09/13/how-apple-has-hit-2-billion-ios-devices-sold-and-when-it-...

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Guide ,
Feb 15, 2019 Feb 15, 2019

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Screen Shot 2019-02-15 at 12.27.04 PM.png

As a long-time Photoshop user, and a long-time Creative Cloud subscriber, I should NOT need to use GIMP to open and convert a WEBP image!

I posted this request also in the Feature Request forum, along with MANY others who want the same thing. With great respect, it's time to wake up, Adobe!  :+)

Thanks so much.

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New Here ,
May 01, 2021 May 01, 2021

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I know its shocking - it seems they spend their time changing short cuts in every new iteration of each application to show that they are doing something to justify their ever increasing costs - you'd think they woud have cottoned onto the UX and customer satisfaction trend by now.

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