"Do you have a quick way to get unsaved PSD files back? I lost some PSD files while editing them on Adobe Photoshop 2017 because of a sudden power outage. And most of them are unsaved. Is it possible for me to recover unsaved Photoshop files on Windows 10? Thanks for any advice."

Adobe Photoshop 2017 PSD file recovery.

Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. Most users have used it for web designs, creating 3D artwork, and the like. But high usage comes with many problems, and loss of unsaved Photoshop file is one of the hot issues. Usually, you may lose the Photoshop files unsaved as a result of:

  • Photoshop errors
  • Unexpected power failure
  • Human errors, like closing the program without saving
  • Abrupt crash of Photoshop or the Windows computer

4 Methods to Recover Deleted or Unsaved Adobe Photoshop Files

Can an unsaved Photoshop file be recovered? Yes! Check 3 methods here to bring your lost PSD file back now:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Recover PSD Files with Software Run EaseUS file recovery software > Scan PSD saved drive > Restore lost PSD file...Full steps
Recover PSD from Recent Files Restart Photoshop and go to "File" > "Open Recent" to search the lost unsaved PSD file...Full steps
Restore PSD from AutoSave Run Photoshop > Click "Edit" > "Preference" > "File Handling" > "Automatic save recovery..."...Full steps
Restore from Previous Versions Open "Control Panel". Go to "File History" > "Restore personal files". Click the green...Full steps

Whatever the reason is, it's very unpleasant to lose Photoshop files unsaved. If you happen to meet this same problem, you can use the following two ways to restore unsaved PSD files in Photoshop CC 2019/2018/2017. What's more, we also provide you with a professional EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard tool to recover deleted Photoshop files on Windows 10/8/7 as an extra measure. 

If your Photoshop is stuck in launching, see How to Fix Photoshop Lagging Issue.

1 - Recover Deleted/Lost/Corrupted Photoshop PSD Files with Software

When you accidentally deleted or lost important Photoshop PSD files on your computer, you can directly restore them by using powerful PSD file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard supports you to find 200+ lost file types by deleting, formatting, virus attacking, system crashing, or unknown reasons. Except for data recovery from HDD/SSD, the EaseUS data recovery program also allows you to recover deleted files from external hard drives, pen drives, memory cards, video players, music players, etc. Download and install this green software now.

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Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning

Hover on the SD card, camera, or hard drive partition where you deleted/lost pictures, then click "Scan for Lost Data".

select a location and scan for lost pictures

Step 2. Select the pictures you want to recover

Once the scanning completes, select "Pictures" in the left panel. If you want to locate the lost photos, click "Lost Files Only" on the top-right side. Then, you can find photos according to the devices, types, and dates.

filter the lost photos

Step 3. Recover lost photos

After the preview, click "Recover" and choose another location to save the desired pictures. You can save the recovered photos your local drive, external storage device or cloud storage.

Recover lost photos

2 - Restore Unsaved Photoshop File from Recent Files

Restart your Photoshop, go to "File" > "Open Recent" and search for the lost unsaved PSD file. Then, open and restore the lost PSD.

recover unsaved Photoshop files

If you're looking for solutions on how to recover After Effects Project file, visit the linked page.

3 - Restore Unsaved Photoshop Files from AutoSave

On Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC 2014/2015/2017/2018/2019, the AutoSave feature is embedded. This function allows Photoshop to automatically back up PSD files at regular intervals that are edited. So you can easily recover unsaved Photoshop PSD files via AutoSave.

How to set up the AutoSave feature? Here are the details: Launch Adobe Photoshop CC > click "Edit "and select "Preference" > select "File Handling" > "Automatic save recovery information every * minute".

recover unsaved PSD files from autosave

  • Go to C:/Users/ your username here/AppData/Roaming/Adobe Photoshop (CS6 or CC)/AutoRecover.
  • Find the unsaved PSD files, then open and save in Photoshop.

The AppData folder by default is hidden. Go to "View/Option" in the File Explorer and click on "View" > turn on "Show hidden files". And then you can choose and save wanted PSD files into a safe location on your PC.

You can try the simple solutions above to retrieve lost Photoshop files that are not saved. Another similar and hot topic you may be interested in: how to recover unsaved Word documents in Windows 10. 

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4 - Restoring PSD Files from Previous Versions on Windows 11/10/8/7

If you have File History set up on your Windows PC, you can easily restore Photoshop files by restoring the previous versions.

Step 1. Open "Control Panel".

Step 2. Go to "File History" > "Restore personal files".

Step 3. Click the green "Restore" button to get the PSD files back.

recover psd files from a backup in Windows 11/10/8/7

4 Solutions to Recover Photoshop Files on Mac

Photoshop files are one of the most data-dense file formats in existence. When you lost PSD files on a MacBook, how can you get them back? Here are a few ways to recover a deleted (or unsaved) photoshop file, no matter how or why you lost it.

1 - Recover from Time Machine Backup

It could be easy to restore PSD files if you have turned on Time Machine on Mac.

Step 1. Connect the Time Machine backup drive to Mac, click "Time Machine" in the Dock.

Step 2. Enter Time Machine, find your Photoshop backup files, and then click "Restore" to recover lost Photoshop files on Mac.

recover psd files from Mac with backup

2 - Recover Unsaved Photoshop Files on Mac from The Autosave Location

Another way to get back PSD files on Mac is using the Autosave feature. If you have turned on this feature in Photoshop, follow the steps to restore PSD files.

Step 1. Click "Go" on the Apple menu, select "Go to Folder". 

Step 2. Type: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/AutoRecover under "Go to the folder:" and click "Go".

Step 3. Open the "AutoRecover" folder. Save the found PSD file as a new project on Mac.

recover psd files from autosave

3 - Recover Lost Photoshop Files from Temp Files on Mac

Step 1. Go to Finder > Application > Terminal. Run it on your Mac.

Step 2. Enter "open $TMPDIR" and press Enter.

Step 3. Now go to "Temporaryitems", find the PSD file and open it with Photoshop to save it on your Mac.

recover photoshop files from tmp files

4 - How to Recover PSD Files on Mac with Software

When all of the solutions fail to help, the data recovery software is your best bet. A reliable data recovery tool makes it easy to look for lost data on your hard drive, SSD, and external devices. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can scrounge up files that have been deleted even after emptying Mac Trash.

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Note: You can create a backup by clicking the "Disk Backup" on the left first. When the disk is damaged or the photos on the disk are accidentally lost, you can get the photos back from the backup image.

Step 1. Scan for lost photos

Select the location where your valuable photos were lost and click the "Search for lost files" button.

select a location where you lost photos and click Search for lost files

Step 2. Select wanted photos

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately start a scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the photos you've lost earlier.

scan for lost photos on Mac

Step 3. Recover lost photos

Select the target photos and click the "Recover" button to get them back at once.

recover photos from Mac


Solving your problem with the right tools and information is a piece of cake. If you have recently deleted the PSD file in question, recover it from the recycle bin or Trash. If you have accidentally closed Photoshop without saving, restore the PSD files from Autosave. If you permanently deleted the PSD file, get it back with EaseUS data recovery software.

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Recover Unsaved or Deleted PSD (Photoshop) Files FAQs

Here, we also give a short answer to the frequently asked questions from Mac Photoshop users.

1. How to find the files that Photoshop saves on Mac?

Your Mac's Library holds the automatically saved PSD files:

Navigate to Library - Application Support - Adobe - Adobe Photoshop - AutoRecover folder.

2. Does Photoshop stores temporary files?

Yes, the temporary file will also be generated when you create a Photoshop file. The distinction is that Photoshop works with multiple pieces of data simultaneously and saves the temporary files to a Scratch disk rather than your computer's memory.

3. How to recover Photoshop files?

The post provides step-by-step instructions for each of the four options for Photoshop file recovery on Mac. To restore your lost or destroyed Photoshop files on a Mac, choose one approach or try them all.

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