Adobe Photoshop PSD Plugin For

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 23, 2009
Updated • Jun 1, 2017
Software, Windows software
9 is my image editor of choice on Windows. It is free, starts up fast and provides access to all the features and options needed to edit images effectively before posting them on websites.

I have always associated with a slow and resource hungry .net application but it turned out to be quite the opposite which is why I uninstalled GIMP and used the image editor exclusively on the system from that moment on. is not compatible with Adobe Photoshop psd files by default which can be quite troublesome if you need to work with psd files occasionally, for instance if a designer provides you with them and it is your task to do something with them, for instance to cut the file and create a website out of it. PSD Plugin psd plugin

The psd plugin for adds support for Adobe Photoshop psd files to the application. It does not implement all features of the psd file format though, only those that are needed to convert the loaded psd file in the image editor and those that have a counterparts.

Below is the list of support features:

  • Layers
  • Masks (only loading see To do list)
  • RAW or RLE compressed files
  • The following color modes are supported for loading an image: Gray scale, Indexed, 32 Bit-RGBA, CMYK (lossy conversation), Multichannel CMY (lossy conversation), Duotone (as gray scale), Lab (lossy conversation)
  • For saving an image only 32-Bit RGBA is supported

The psd plugin comes as a single dll file that has to be placed into the filetypes folder of the installation. Note that you may need to confirm the move on newer versions of the Windows operating system if you have installed in the default location.

Once placed inside, it will automatically be picked up by the image editor the next time it is started.

The association of psd files with has to be created manually. This can be done by right-clicking a psd file on the computer system and selecting Open With > Choose Program from the context menu. has to be selected as the program to open psd files and the checkbox "always use the selected program to open this kind of file" has to be ticked.

While you won't get full Adobe psd file support using the plugin, it at least ensures that you can load, display and convert most psd files in the application.

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  1. Varioca said on November 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks, I´m glad I found this article. PSD plugin fo is what I needed

  2. Johnny said on September 10, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I am looking for plung in for Paint.Net which allows me to slice the psd file.
    Any idea where to get it ?

  3. Brent said on May 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    The plugin has moved to here:

  4. Alpha Monk said on January 8, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I have been paying folks to create headers and buttons for my sites. I found a few sites that allow surfers to create some simple images for my sites.

    I thought for the price of photoshop I would just continue to carry on as usual. has made me want to begin making my own images and graphics for my sites. Now that I know I may be able to edit my previous psd files I am charging forward with learning to use

    Thanks for such a useful page.

  5. Wolfy said on November 27, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Dude, you site is so badly cluttered I cant actually tell if there is a download for the plugin or not.

  6. Bradford said on July 18, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for this tip, I made some stuff using Photoshop a while back and I was looking for a … illegal… version so I could export them. This saved me some hassle and breaking the law, two things I’d rather not do. Now I have a new gravatar :)

  7. Soumendra Jena said on April 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Thats great! I have to download some of them real quick. Thats for this great article.

  8. Ash said on April 23, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I’m glad you’ve found PDN useful.
    There are many more plugins for PDN.
    A basic list on my googlepage

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