How to open / edit PSD files without using Adobe Photoshop?

Have your ever wanted to open and edit PSD files without Adobe Photoshop? Just in case, when you do not have Adobe Photoshop installed, you will need a quick alternative to do so, without going for a new installation. The best way to do that is Pixlr, one of the services by AutoDesk, offering awesome features for free including not only opening and editing PSDs, but also some important services like Quick Photo editing tools, Screen Capturing tools and image uploading and sharing. Have a look on the features Pixlr editor provides:

  • Supports creating, editing, saving files in JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, PXD (Layered Pixlr file format, just like PSD) formats
  • Supports editing Photoshop documents (PSD)
  • Allows saving created / edited images on your Computer as well as directly to your Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or or Pixlr account library.
  • Provides power features like full Photoshop toolbar, time-saving shortcuts, history and undo-redo functions, multilingual support in 23 languages.

How can I open / edit PSD files with Pixlr?

Head over to Pixlr Editor, which is directly accessible through the main menu after visiting the Pixlr site. This will bring a menu displaying the below options:

  1. Create a new image
  2. Open image from your Computer
  3. Open image from a URL
  4. Open image from Library (this option is available for Pixlr registered users only)
Edit PSD files Online

Now, to open / edit PSD files from Computer, choose Option 2, this will bring a typical file browser. Locate your file and click “Open”, your PSD file is opened now for editing.

If you want to create JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF images with Pixlr, you should choose Option 1. You can save your work in PXD format, which is supported and editable at Pixlr only.

Option 3 can be used to open images directly from a Web address. The last, Option 4 can be utilized by registered Pixlr users only – to open files directly from their Pixlr libraries.

This service is really very useful, especially for the Internet users to create, edit as well as optimize images virtually, just like we do with Photoshop on our Computers. In short, it has provided a virtual alternative to Adobe Photoshop (for sure, it can’t replace Photoshop).

If you are going to use Pixlr and looking for guides, you can check out some useful tutorials on and YouTube.

Also see Preview PSD Files.

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