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Photoshop File Corrupted: How to Repair PSD File Without Any Effort

This article will show you how to restore and repair corrupted PSD files within two steps. If you lose important PSD files or your PSD files get corrupted, just follow this article to repair the corrupted PSD files now. Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/2016/2016 and more are all supported.

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Did you lose important PSD files on your computer for no reason? Did the PSD file suddenly corrupt, and you couldn't open the PSD file with the following error messages:

  • This document contains adobe photoshop data which appears to be damaged
  • This file contains one or more layers that appear to be corrupt
  • Could not complete your request because it is not a valid photoshop document
  • Could not open the PSD file because it is not a valid Photoshop document

Is it possible to restore and repair corrupted PSD file on your PC or Mac? There are several ways you can try to repair PSD files.

Repair corrupted PSD files.

Method 1. Photoshop Corrupted File Repair with File Repair Software

When you have trouble opening or restoring a corrupted PSD file, relax! We are here to help! We provide you with the most effective photo repair software – EaseUS Fixo Photo Repair. If your lost or corrupted PSD files are less than 2GB, you can directly apply the photo repair tool for PSD file repair.

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By using the powerful PSD repair software from EaseUS, you can restore lost, deleted, formatted, or even corrupted PSD files in a jiffy with a few simple clicks on all Windows systems (Windows 10/8/7, etc.). This file repair software will greatly help you restore all of your lost Adobe Photoshop CC 2019/2018/2017/2016 files or any other images, videos, audio, and documents without effort.

Besides, EaseUS Fixo is also good at file repair. You can use it to repair corrupt videos and documents efficiently.

✨Step 1. Download, install and luanch EaseUS Fixo Photo Repair

Download Fixo in official ways and launch it. Select "Photo Repair" > "Add Photos" to fix the damaged images from a local disk or external hard drives.

add photos to repair images with Fixo

✨Step 2. Start the photo repair process now

If you have uploaded multiple pictures at once, it is better to click "Repair All" to fix all the photos in this list at once. By the way, it is also okay to repair a single photo, just choose "Repair" after finding the photo you want to fix.

select photos to repair

✨Step 3. Preview and save the images

Preview the repaired photos by clicking the eye icon. Click "Save All" to save these photos, and you can choose "View Repaired" in the pop-up window to quickly locate these repaired items.

save repaired photos in Fixo

After this, you can try to reopen and use the repaired PSD files in Adobe Photoshop. If you don't want to use third-party PSD file repair software, move to the following methods.

Method 2. Repair PSD File from AutoRecovery

If Photoshop abruptly crashes or closes while you are working on a document, causing that document to become corrupt, you may perform Photoshop corrupted file recovery with the AutoRecovery feature.

Autosave in Photoshop saves your work at a fixed frequency. Once it is enabled, you have a chance to repair corrupted and unsaved Photoshop files.

Step 1. First, check if Autosave has been accidentally enabled. Open the PS application and click "Edit" at the top toolbar. Click "Preferences > File handling".

file handling option in PS

Step 2. Check the box for "Automatically Save Recovery Information Every xx Minutes".

autosave feature in PS

Step 3. After this setting, you can find the autosave files in:


autosaved files in PS

Step 4. Select the version you need to restore corrupted PSD files.

Method 3. Restore Corrupted PSD from .temp File

If the Photoshop files have become corrupted due to the abrupt crash of Adobe Photoshop or Windows system, you can try to restore the corrupted PSD files by using the temp files.

Step 1. Go to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\ to open the temp files folder. Or, you can input %temp% in the Search box to open the Temp folder.

Step 2. Find the temp files similar to your corrupted Photoshop files. You can sort temporary files in chronological order so that you can quickly find the PSD files you want.

PSD temp files

Step 3. Change the file extension from .temp file into .psd.

Step 4. Open and restore the Photoshop files.

Method 4. Repair Corrupted Photoshop Files from the Previous Versions

Another useful way to fix a broken Photoshop file is to retrieve an earlier version of it. Note that this solution works only if you have turned on the File History function on Windows that backs up your personal files continuously.

Step 1. Right-click the corrupted or damaged PSD file and select the option "Restore previous versions".

choose restore previous version

Step 2. Find an earlier version of the damaged or corrupted PSD file, then select "Restore".

Step 3. Click "Restore" to confirm the order.

restore previous version of psd files

Step 4. Run Photoshop and open the restored PSD file again. Click "OK" when a message pops up to warn that some text layers containing fonts are missing.

Step 5. Check all layers and remark the lost part with layers and save them as a new PSD file.

Bonus: How to Fix Corrupt PSD Files on Mac

The above four solutions are for fixing damaged Photoshop files on Windows 10 or new Windows 11. Check the guides below to learn how to repair corrupted PSD files on Mac with Time Machine.

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive for backup to your Mac. Run Time Machine.

Step 2. From the backup files, find the recent Photoshop files you need to restore.

Step 3. Click "Restore" to ger corrupted Photoshop files back on Mac.

restore PSD files from Time Machine

Repair PSD File Conclusion

When Photoshop files get corrupted, there are a few things you can do for file repair. Take any methods here to try out. While they are not guaranteed to be 100% effective, these solutions may save your work by allowing you access to the latest version of a document.

Use the EaseUS Photo repair tool for corrupted PSD file repair. It's competent to repair damaged, broken, and corrupted Word, Excel, PPT, and PSD documents, as well as photos and videos of various types.

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Photoshop File Corrupted FAQs

Here are more troubleshooting tips for Photoshop corrupted file repair.

1. Why are my Photoshop files corrupted?

If your PSD file is severely damaged or corrupt, then you cannot access or open the PSD file. PSD files can be corrupted for many reasons, including:

  1. 1. Abrupt power outage
  2. 2. Computer, system, or Photoshop crash
  3. 3. Interference from add-ons or other applications
  4. 4. Human misoperation

Any corruption or damage in the PSD file prevents you from opening the PSD file. You need to use PSD file repair software or PSD repair solutions to fix corrupt PSDs first; then you can open a PSD file.

2. How do I fix a corrupted PSD file?

How do I repair a corrupted PSD file? There are four possible ways to help you fix damaged Photoshop files:

  1. 1. Recover PSD files with Photoshop corrupted file recovery software
  2. 2. Repair corrupted files from AutoRecovery
  3. 3. Restore corrupt PSD PSD from .temp File
  4. 4. Fix Photoshop files with an earlier version

If neither works, use a professional PSD repair tool to restore Adobe Photoshop PSD.

3. How do I fix a corrupted PSD file online?

You can use a reliable online Adobe Photoshop repair tool to fix corrupted PSD files without downloading any desktop program. EaseUS Online Photo Repair would be a great choice. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Visit its official website and drag your corrupted PSD files here, or click "Upload Photo" to add photos.
  • Enter a valid email address, click "Start Re[pairing" and wait patiently.
  • When the process ends, enter the code sent in email and click "Download Photo".

4. What program opens a PSD file?

How to open a PSD file? The best program to open and edit PSD files are Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements, as well as CorelDRAW and Corel's PaintShop Pro tool. There are different versions of Photoshop available for users to download. Other Adobe programs can use PSD files, too, like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe After Effects.

5. Can I open a PSD file without Photoshop?

You can use some open-source alternatives to Photoshop to open a PSD file. Or you can use other commercial PSD editing software to open and edit PSD files without Photoshop.

For an open-source tool, GIMP is a good choice. It can open PSD files and even preserve layer information. It provides some modification features to edit PSD files. If you are interested, you can download and try it.

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Updated by Finley

Finley is interested in reading and writing articles about technical knowledge. Her articles mainly focus on file repair and data recovery.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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