PSD repair tools – How do I fix a corrupted PSD file?

Looking for PSD repair tools? If you do, then right now you probably are frustrated with your corrupted PSD file.

I was there, I know how this feels, so I will go straight to the point.
Below you will find a list of ways and tools to fix your corrupted PSD file, I hope you will be able to restore your artwork.

PSD Repair Tools – Quick list


Can an unsaved photoshop file be recovered?

Yes. Simply, you need to go to this directory

(for Windows) C:\Users\***\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\AutoRecover
(for Mac) User > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop 20XX > AutoRecover

where the Auto Recover folder is present.
The  App Data folder by default is hidden and therefore you need to change the folder settings for this purpose. You will find the last used file in the Auto recover folder in .psb format, which you can open up to get back to that particular unsaved file.

Methods To Repair Corrupted PSD File Manually

1. Temporary Files

One of the most common reasons for PSD file corruption is when adobe Photoshop crashes, or PC is abruptly shut down.
Photoshop temp files can be huge with large projects, and if Photoshop does not close correctly, the files can be be left on your drive.  To check for this, navigate to your scratch drive,
You can try to restore PSD files by following steps listed below:

Step 1) Open hard drive & select Document and Settings.

Step 2) Now, have select a folder which has your user name and then select Local Settings < Temp.

Step 3) Locate the files named Photoshop & open it in Photoshop.

Step 4) Now easily you can change the extension from .temp to .psd.

Step 5) Save the files.

2. Recent Tab

Sometimes, when I have lots of PSD projects, I may hit “save” button and accidentally save PSD file in a different location than I should have. And so I may have problems with finding my current project.

If you also face this problem, check the restore tab. To do it, open Photoshop, go to File tab, then click on Open Recent and search the required PSD files.

3. Restore Backup

The first rule (that I learned in a very painful way) – always do the backup. Especially if you work on very important projects…

So if you followed the first rule, you can try to restore your PSD files from a backup.

I personally store copies of important files on an external hard drive. During work, I save different versions of the project in separate PSD files. So in case of Photoshop crashes, and when the file can’t be restored, I’m able to use a PSD file with the earlier version of the project to continue my work (instead of creating the whole project from a scratch).

Also, you can use Windows backup utility to backup PSD files. Windows creates shadow copies of your files and store it as restore points. All you have to do is just enable the feature.

Check if your System Restore is enabled or disabled. To enable it, follow these steps:

1. Go to Control Panel and click “System Protection”

2. Under “Protection Settings”, ensure that it is set to “ON”


List of PSD Repair Tools

EaseUs Data recovery Wizard

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EaseUs provides software for Windows and Mac systems. The Free version of the software can restore 2GB data. If you need to recover more data, you can try a free trial, or purchase the software.
Go to their website to see the instruction on how to use their tool to restore your PSD file.


Online Recovery Toolbox

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Photoshop RecoveryToolbox is an online service that help you to recover corrupted PSD files. The software is available for download for Windows users (Windows 98, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10)
It Performs file recovery from Photoshop version 3.0 and later.


Yodot – Fix PSD Files on Mac OS X

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This program aids to fix entire corrupted Photoshop .psd and .pdd files without modifying its original content. It can mend PSD image even from external hard drive, memory cards, USB drive and other storage devices on Mac Os X. Moreover, this application supports repair of Photoshop files created using all editions of Adobe Photoshop such as Photo shop CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2, CS1, 7.0, 6.0, and 5.0. It also fixes all layers of PSD file including with depth of 1, 8, 16, 32 bits per channel.


PSD Repair Kit (paid)

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PSD Repair Kit is an online service for repairing corrupted Adobe Photoshop files. You can also download their software if you are Windows user.

PSD Repair Kit is a powerful Adobe PSD repair tool that uses a proprietary core to analyze the damage done to a file, identify recoverable elements and extract them from the damaged file, preserving as much of the original content as possible.

The developers provide also recovery tools for other graphic software, such as Adobe illustrator, Corel Draw, and AutoCad.


DataNumen PSD Repair

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DataNumen PSD Repair Tool is free for personal use. It can repair the corrupt or damaged Photoshop PSD and PDD image files and recover as much of your data as possible, thereby minimizing the loss in file corruption.


Online File Repair for Photoshop

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OnlineFile.Repair is an online service for restoring corrupted PSD files. Adobe PSD repair tool will scan it and save all found graphical data to a new *.psd file.
The developer provides also online repair tools for other applications.


Advanced PSD Repair 2.0

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Advanced PSD Repair (APSR) is tool to recover corrupt Photoshop image(PSD, PDD) files. It can recover the image as well as the separate layers.


Remo Repair PSD

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Remo Repair PSD can fix all formats of Photoshop files such as PSD, PSB and PDD Photoshop Document formats. It also supports all versions of Adobe Photoshop applications (CS to CS6, CC to CC 2019, PS 2020).

Available in two variants for Windows and Mac operating systems (Catalina and Windows 10)


Sysinfo Tools Photoshop Recovery software

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Repair tool from SysInfoTools is an advanced Photoshop recovery solution available in the online marketplace. It supports PSD, PSB, and PDD files created by all major versions of Adobe Photoshop. It can recover PSB (large document format) and PDD (PhotoDeluxe image) files.


Office recovery

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Office Recovery provides an online service for recovering corrupted PSD files. The recovered data is saved into a set of bitmap files (.bmp) each representing one layer of the original Photoshop file or as a file in original PSD format at user’s option.


SFWare PSD File Repair

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SFWare PSD file repair tool is designed to work in read-only mode thereby ensuring the safety of the damaged PSD file. The tool doesn’t makes any changes to the PSD file while fixing the Photoshop file. The advanced repair algorithm of the tool scans the corrupted or damaged PSD files and extracts data to generate a new healthy PSD file. Though a new healthy PSD file is generated, all properties of the original PSD file remains unaltered after repairing PSD file.


Stellar Windows Data Recovery Software

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Stellar Data Recovery is a comprehensive tool that supports hundreds of different file types for recovery, including the PSD format. It’s dedicated for Windows system users.


Have you found anything that worked for you? Please let us know in the comments! It will help other artists to solve their issues.

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