All of the Different Types of Files You Can Open in Photoshop

All of the Different Types of Files You Can Open in Photoshop

Photoshop is a versatile image editing tool, but did you know that you could add more than just image files? Photoshop can open a plethora of image file types, as well as video and even audio files!

Curious about which files you can open in Photoshop? Check out this guide and list below featuring all the graphic, audio, and video filetypes you can open with Photoshop. Special thanks to Startup Stock Photos for the cover image.

Graphic file formats

Obviously Photoshop is known for image files. You probably spend a lot of time with JPEG, PNG, and other common formats, but Photoshop actually covers a wide range of image file types. If you have an image file, Photoshop can probably open it!

  • BMP
  • Cineon
  • CompuServe GIF
  • IFF format
  • JPEG
  • JPEG2000
  • Large Document Format PSB
  • OpenEXR
  • PCX
  • Photoshop 2.0 (Mac only)
  • Photoshop DCS 1.0
  • Photoshop DCS 2.0
  • Photoshop EPS
  • Photoshop PDF
  • Photoshop PSD
  • Photoshop Raw
  • PICT (read only)
  • PICT Resource (Mac only; can open only)
  • Pixar
  • PNG
  • Portable Bit Map
  • Radiance
  • Scitex CT
  • Targa
  • TIFF
  • Wireless Bitmap

Video import formats

You may be asking yourself, “Wait, why does Photoshop open video files?” Well, you may have even more questions after learning that Photoshop has an entire video editor built in to it! While most serious editors would use something like Adobe Premiere Pro to edit videos, a dedicated Photoshop user may be able to use Photoshop for simple effects or color grading that come more naturally in Photoshop than in other programs. The editor is actually pretty similar to the one in Premiere Pro, with a layered timeline, keyframes, and an audio track. You can easily create keyframes for things like position and opacity. For color grading, you can simply use adjustment layers to apply effects to the entire clip. To apply a filter from the filter gallery, you first need to turn the video layer into a smart object, then you can apply any filter to it.

  • .264
  • 3GP
  • 3GPP
  • AVC
  • AVI (See the note below)
  • F4V
  • FLV
  • MOV (QuickTime)
  • MPE
  • MPEG‑1
  • MPEG‑4
  • MPEG‑2 if a decoder is installed (for example, with an Adobe video app)
  • MTS
  • MXF
  • R3D
  • TS
  • VOB

Audio import formats

Audio formats in Photoshop work within the same system as video, and you can use them in Photoshop video editing.

  • AAC
  • AIFF
  • M2A
  • M4A
  • MP2
  • MP3
  • 3D Studio (import only)
  • DAE (Collada)
  • Flash 3D (export only)
  • JPS (JPEG Stereo)
  • KMZ (Google Earth 4)
  • MPO (Multi-Picture format)
  • U3D
  • Wavefront OBJ

See also: How to Make Photoshop Faster

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