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P: Please Provide Support for the WebP Image format

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LEGEND ,
Jul 04, 2013 Jul 04, 2013

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Dear Photoshop Team (as well as the Illustrator and Edge Tools Team):

The format improves upon .jpeg and .png use cases today while at the same time providing 2x-3x smaller file sizes at the same, comparable quality settings.

According to the image specificaitons, "WebP supports lossless transparency (also known as alpha channel) with just 22% additional bytes. Transparency is also supported with lossy compression and typically provides 3x smaller file sizes compared to PNG when lossy compression is acceptable for the red/green/blue color channels" (https://developers.google.com/speed/w...).

Being able to used on the latest Android devices an the latest versions of Chrome and Opera (I know they both use Blink, and thus it isn't a surprise that both support it already), according to caniuse.com, it is sort of reasonable to consider I think.

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Adobe Employee , Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021
We are investigating adding WebP support to Photoshop.
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Adobe Employee , May 13, 2017 May 13, 2017
Updated 07/14/2021:  As noted by Johannes there is a really nice file format plug-in that opens and saves webp files from Photoshop. You can download the Webp plugin and check the installation instructions here (with universal/ARM support): https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/support-webp-image-format.html According to Google's webP support page, you can download a free plug-in for webP support here: http://telegraphics.com.au/sw/product/WebPFormat#webpformat

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LEGEND ,
Oct 11, 2013 Oct 11, 2013

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more and more im forced to work with WebP files - but I cant open them in photoshop without installing a 3rd party plugin. ( yuck )

is there any hope for support for this file extension that has been out since 2010

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LEGEND ,
Feb 25, 2015 Feb 25, 2015

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Yes, PLEASE support the WEBP format. The sooner Adobe supports this format, the sooner it can propagate out into the web, and the sooner we can get back all that wasted bandwidth.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE include WEBP support!

Look: Adobe's lack of support is contributing to the problem:
http://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-tri...

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Participant ,
Aug 20, 2015 Aug 20, 2015

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Photoshop is always a bit slow with file format support. Not sure why?

Webp would be very welcome. At least basic save/open functionality, but would be nice if it was supported by Save-for-web/Export as well.

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Community Beginner ,
May 12, 2017 May 12, 2017

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I need to open a WEBP file in Photoshop. Seems weird that even several years after this format was released, there is no Photoshop support for this format. What's going on? Is there some reason Adobe doesn't want to do this?

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Adobe Employee ,
May 13, 2017 May 13, 2017

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Updated 07/14/2021: 

As noted by Johannes there is a really nice file format plug-in that opens and saves webp files from Photoshop. You can download the Webp plugin and check the installation instructions here (with universal/ARM support): https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/support-webp-image-format.html

According to Google's webP support page, you can download a free plug-in for webP support here: http://telegraphics.com.au/sw/product/WebPFormat#webpformat


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Explorer ,
May 14, 2017 May 14, 2017

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Yup. That is not the same as Photoshop natively supporting such image formats though. 

Photoshop natively supporting such things would be more user-friendly for the end user.

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Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2017 May 14, 2017

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I agree that native support would be preferable rather than downloading a plugin from some company I have never heard of.  

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2017 Oct 30, 2017

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For Photoshop CC on OSX this beta WebP plug-in may work:
https://github.com/fnordware/AdobeWebM

Please regard best practice for websites:
https://developers.google.com/web/tools/lighthouse/audits/webp

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 30, 2017 Oct 30, 2017

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I don't regard serving WebP as best practice. Its not really supported outside of Google products.

https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/faq

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LEGEND ,
Apr 05, 2018 Apr 05, 2018

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This needs to be revived. it's rediculous we can't open, edit, or save webP images in 2018. I get years ago but today it's rediculous. Many of us front end developers have been using webP for years.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 13, 2018 Apr 13, 2018

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I agree. I simply don't get why this isn't part of Photoshop. 

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New Here ,
Apr 13, 2018 Apr 13, 2018

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Um, because they really don't give a crap?

Yes, sour grapes. I've watched bug reports like this get glossed over for years, only to have Adobe reps (repeatedly) say in forums like this that we users are too dumb to understand the complexities of programming etc etc. and how hard it is boo hoo. OK, fine. 

But hey, let's look on the bright side: Adobe is making record profits ($5.85 billion in 2016), so who cares if the program does what the users need, right?

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 22, 2018 Aug 22, 2018

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The current WebP plugin does not support transparency. We need a full-featured export feature built into Photoshop.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 14, 2018 Nov 14, 2018

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So Google have just updated their pagespeed insights tool and next gen images are a big part of it.
Is Adobe going to get on-board?

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 08, 2018 Dec 08, 2018

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This format is essential in today's web-focused world. Not having it laughable. The sad part of it is that I had to use a competitor's product to do the conversion so I could use the image in After Effects that also doesn't support the format!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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It certainly is time to include WebP formatting options in Adobe products.  This has my vote!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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I think there should be enough evidence by now to support the inclusion of support in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for the WebP image format.  While it may not be fully adopted across all browsers, I believe it is just a matter of time.  And regardless, us developers are able to display the WebP format based on the browser being used per session.

Google is clearly pushing for use of WebP format and we all know how important it is to please Google for SEO purposes.

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

Have a look at one of the biggest website builders in the industry, Wix.  Although I do not personally like website builders like that (being a web designer myself), it still says a lot that they are using WebP format for all of their client's websites.

I love Adobe products for the fact that they simplify projects by providing everything I need in a set of related programs.  I would prefer to not have to bloat my Photoshop program by adding an unknown plugin to implement WebP formatting.  I also do not like the idea of having to use a third party conversion website and uploading my imagery to their server.  I also do not know command prompt well and am not interested in learning to use the encoder program listed by Google.  Let's make this easy for everyone and give newby designers another reason to buy your products.

Let's also not overlook the growing number of Adobe customers asking for this feature.  It appears that they have been asking for it for years now.  So here is my two cents...  I would really appreciate and utilize the added functionality to manage WebP format.  I would like to be ahead of the game when this expands to most other platforms.

Other than that, I love Adobe products and have been using them since before they were ever Adobe products.  Thanks for all that you do!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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They can't fool a software engineer like I am. Sure, it takes some effort, but hey, with the amount of money they make, that is negligible. But yeah, why should they care, they keep making lots of money nevertheless, so why bother.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2019 Jan 23, 2019

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@David Converse. Best practice? A graphics format isn't always our choice, customers will give us whatever the give us and we as professionals have to deal with it. Best practices don't come into the equation. Flexibility does. Also, at the end of the day, Adobe should not be forcing their "best practices" on us to restrict and limit the tools. No, tools should be all-encompassing so that we as users can express ourselves and use them uninhibitedly.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 15, 2019 Feb 15, 2019

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Are we asleep? Dreaming that we're "way out ahead?"

As a long-time user of the world's "premier" image app (Photoshop) and a long-time Creative Cloud subscriber, I should NOT need to use GIMP to open and covert WEBP images!  Get with it PLEASE!!

Thank you so much. (It's 2019 already.)


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LEGEND ,
Mar 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019

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Please support WebP, it's too important to leave to an optional plug-in. Adobe should be on the leading edge of image support, not trailing.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 19, 2019 Apr 19, 2019

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I am truly amazed that Adobe continues to upgrade the CC lineup and fails to implement a simple filter for opening webP formats. Adding my voice to the crowd of "please add support for webP"   thank you.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 23, 2019 Apr 23, 2019

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I'm adding mine as well.  I came to Adobe hoping for some means of opening webp files in Photoshop. I can't believe they've overlooked this for so long.  

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LEGEND ,
May 22, 2019 May 22, 2019

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Simple. Add support for opening and exporting WebP images in photoshop. 

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LEGEND ,
May 29, 2019 May 29, 2019

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