Easy Methods - Recover and Repair corrupted PSD files [Adobe Photoshop]

Somei Liam

July 3, 2019 09:00 / Posted by Somei Liam

Almost all computer users have used Photoshop tools at least once. It is a great photo editing, image creation, and graphic design tool. By using Photoshop, you can easily edit images and improve their quality. In addition, it is often used to create web designs, logos, realistic designs, 3D artwork, and more.

Sometimes, when we finish the production of a file and complete the save work, we may still encounter the situation when we open the file again. This is an annoying thing, especially when we urgently need to hand over our work.

So in this article, in addition to analyzing the reasons for PSD file corruption, we will also show you how to repair or recover corrupted PSD files.

 Recover and Repair corrupted PSD files

1. Most common reason of PSD files corruption

Have you ever encountered corruption in Photoshop files? Have you ever tried to find out the cause of corruption? Like other computer files, Adobe Photoshop files are also vulnerable. There are many reasons why Photoshop files are corrupted. We list the most common reasons below:

Virus: Computer viruses are the most important cause of any file corruption problems. Files created by Adobe Photoshop, such as PSD, PSB, and PDD, are not immune to viral infections. Computer viruses can easily infect programs and files by adding your own code. In addition, it may also overwrite or delete parts of the file.

Improperly File Saving: If you save a Photoshop file improperly or any mishap takes place while the file is being saved, you’re likely to face corruption. Improper file saving always results in file corruption.

Power Failure: Generally, operating systems are complex and they need to go through a proper shutdown sequence so that all the running processes will be closed correctly before the computer turns off. But whenever a computer turns off due to sudden power failure, it may cause serious damage to the computer and its data. A sudden power failure can leave your computer system in an inoperable state.

Hard Disk Failure: Whenever a hard disk crashes down due to logical or physical failure, it may cause data loss. All the files in the hard disk drive may become corrupted or inaccessible.

Software Malfunction: Almost every software program including Adobe Photoshop, has internal bugs due to which it may fail to work properly or start behaving in unintended ways. Whenever software malfunction happens, it may cause corruption in the files.

Header File Corruption: Header file is responsible for opening PSD file in the system; hence if header file gets corrupted due to some factors then it might lead to inaccessibility of PSD file.

Incompatibility: If you vigorously try to open some PSD file in new version of Adobe Photoshop application, then there is high risk that the file may get corrupted.

Improper Termination: Sometimes, you might abruptly close Adobe Photoshop application when PSD file is being used. Thus, it is possible that you might not be able to access PSD file.

Other Reasons: Malicious threat, application malfunctioning, system termination, transfer error, round tripping and many more can lead to PSD file corruption.

2. Recover and restore deleted or lost corrupted PSD files

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  1. Recover deleted or lost corrupt PSD file from Mac, Windows, memory card, flash drive, hard drive and more.
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Recover and Repair corrupted PSD files select datas type and location

Select the file type and location, and then click Scan. The corrupted PSD file belongs to Image file, we need to check Image option.

Recover and Repair corrupted PSD files recover selected file

After the scan is complete, check the corrupt PSD file you want to restore, click Recover button, then you can get your lost corrupted PSD file back.

Recover and Repair corrupted PSD files recover data result

3. Repair corrupted PSD files/Fix corrupted PSD files

Method 1: Check the Open Recent Tab

Being a Photoshop user, you must be familiar with the Open Recent option. If the Photoshop file has become corrupted just a couple of minutes ago, you should check the file in the Open Recent option. If you see the corrupted Photoshop file there in the Recent tab, you should try to open the file. And if the file can successfully be opened, you can then save the file again. This option is extremely useful if the Photoshop files have become corrupted due to improper file saving.

Recover and Repair corrupted PSD files open recent

Method 2: Repair Corrupted PSD from the Previous Version

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

Recover and Repair corrupted PSD files corrupt psd file restore previous versions

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

Click Restore to confirm the order.

Run Photoshop and open the restored PSD file again, click OK when a message pops up to warn that some text layers contain fonts are missing.

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

Method 3: Restore Corrupted PSD from .temp File

Go to Photoshop and click on File.

Click Open and change the file extension from .temp to .psd.

Recover and Repair corrupted PSD files

Click Open and then you'll be able to see your unsaved work again.

Then save restored corrupted PSD files from the .temp file into .psd on your PC.

When it has done, you've successfully restored and repaired corrupted PSD files. Now you can reuse them and continue your work with the newly found Adobe Photoshop PSD files again.


In this article, we’ve gone through the most common reasons for corruption in the Adobe Photoshop files.

Also, the article has explained 3 different manual solutions to recover Photoshop files. And if the manual tricks don’t work, then it’s better to use a professional Photoshop Repair tool to repair corrupted PSD file.

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