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

This article will show you how to recover and repair corrupted PSD files within two steps. If you get important PSD files lost or your PSD files get corrupted, just follow this article to restore the lost PSD files and 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 PSD file because it is not a valid Photoshop document

 Is it possible to restore and recover 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 Recovery with File Recovery and Repair Software 

When you have trouble opening or restoring a corrupted PSD file or want to recover lost PSD files, relax! We are here to help! We provide you with the most effective file recovery and repair software – EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard tool. If your lost or corrupted PSD files are less than 2GB, you can directly apply the free data recovery version for PSD file recovery.

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By using the powerful EaseUS PSD file recovery software, 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 recovery software will greatly help you to restore all of your lost Adobe Photoshop CC 2019/2018/2017/2016 files or any other images, videos, audios, and documents without effort. 

Besides, EaseUS data recovery software is also good at file repair. You can use it to repair corrupted videos, photos, and documents efficiently. 

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive where you lost files and start scanning. This software allows you to recover lost data from all devices, including HDD, SSD, USB drive, SD card, pen drive, camera, etc.

select a location to scan

Step 2. Browse the full scan results. You can choose the file type you need by clicking on the file type filter. EaseUS data recovery software supports 1000+ file types like photos, videos, documents, emails, audio files, and many more. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Select the files you want to preview. Click "Recover" and set a storage location to save the recovered data. 

Recover lost data

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

Don't miss out: How to recover unsaved Photoshop file

Method 2. Repair PSD File from AutoRecovery 

If Photoshop abruptly crashed or closed while you were 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 recover corrupted and unsaved Photoshop files.

Step 1. First, check if Autosave has been accidentally enabled. Open the PS application, 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: 

C:/Users/UserName/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/AdobePhotoshopcc*year*/AutoRecover/

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 recover 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 recover corrupted Photoshop files 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. 

For corrupted document recovery, use EaseUS file repair tool. It's competent to repair damaged, broken, and corrupted Word, Excel, PPT, PSD documents as well as photos and videos in various types. 

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Photoshop File Corrupted FAQs

Here are more troubleshooting tips for Photoshop corrupted file recovery.

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:

  • Abrupt power outage
  • Computer, system, or Photoshop crash 
  • Interference from add-ons or other applications
  • 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 PSD at first, then, you can open a PSD file.

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:

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

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

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. PSD Repair Kit Online helps to repair damaged PSD file data in the worst cases of data corruption.

Step 1. Open your web browser and go to https://www.psd.repair/.

Step 2. Upload your corrupt PSD file. The file will be automatically deleted from the server in 10 days.

Step 3. Enter your email and follow the on-screen instructions to finish the repair. Then, pay and download the repaired file.

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. 

Can I open a PSD file without Photoshop?

You can use some open-source alternative 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. If provides some modification features to edit PSD files. If you are interested, you can download and try.

How do I recover a PSD file?

If your PSD files are accidentally deleted, lost, or formatted, you can turn to EaseUS data recovery software to recover files in three steps.

Step 1. Download and open EaseUS file recovery tool.

Step 2. Choose the drive where you want to recover a PSD file and scan the lost PSD files.

Step 3. Preview and restore the recovered PSD files.  

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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