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How to convert the PSD image file into a PNG

by Casey Schmidt  |  January 21, 2020

3 min. read
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The PSD is a complex image file with a lot of interesting aspects that make it popular among certain groups. Unfortunately, sometimes this type of popularity is a double-edged sword, as it’s not the most accessible file type. When this is the case, you might consider converting it from PSD to PNG. Here’s a guide to help.

What is a PSD?

The PSD image file stands for Photoshop Document, due to the fact it is the standard file extension format for Adobe Photoshop files. A PSD is unique because it holds many different elements within it, including often multiple images. A PSD is typically used for things like editing graphics.

What is a PNG?

The PNG image file is a simple, common graphic format that is a raster image. Raster images build a picture through assignment of details to each particular section. A PNG is lossless, meaning when it compresses, it retains its resolution. Therefore, a PNG could go from big to small and still have the exact same quality image.

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The PNG is a raster image.

How to convert a PSD to a PNG

There are plenty of different ways to make this conversion and we’ll cover all of them. The first way is for users who have access to the Adobe Photoshop program. Open Photoshop and load the PSD file you wish to convert. From there, select ‘File’ and choose ‘Save as’. There will appear a window that lets you choose ‘PNG’ from the different options. Choose where you want the file to be saved onto your computer and click ‘Ok’. Your PSD will now be in PNG form.

If you don’t have access to Photoshop, there are two different ways to make the conversion. The first involves a browser-based system. This option is great for users who have speedy internet access and only a few files to convert. It’s also ideal for anyone with limited hard drive space. All it requires is finding a converter that works for you then uploading and downloading files. I recommend Zamzar’s converter due to its simplicity and fast speeds.

Finally, the third option is designed for users who have a lot of hard drive space but limited or no internet access. This is the installable converter which you use without internet access. It’s ideal for users who want to convert a lot of files all at once. I recommend Reaconverter for this task because of its easy interface.

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A conversion may increase the speed of sharing.

Why should you convert?

The PNG is a lossless compression file, as stated earlier. Therefore, any PSD file converted to a PNG will keep its high resolution throughout different types of processes, including resizes. PSD files a lot of times have things like drawings, graphs and other image types that make them good candidates to work as a PNG.

Another reason this conversion makes sense is because the PSD is less accessible than the PNG. For example, if you send a PSD file to a client or vice-versa, there may be an issue if the receiving party doesn’t have access to Photoshop. PNG, on the other hand, is much easier to open using different programs.

The PSD is sometimes too unique in that it is limited from the average user who doesn’t have tools such as Photoshop. If you need to share a PSD file but want it in an accessible format, make sure you have a good understanding of how to convert.