How to Fix Damaged Photoshop PSD Files?


“One of my project folders got deleted in a freak accident that contained my essential PSD files. I recovered most of the PSD files using a commercial undelete program. It was not fruitful and whenever I try to open the recovered PSD file, it shows a message that says, "There was a problem reading the layer data. Read the composite data instead?" When I click on Read Composite Data button another box got displayed error "Could not open “$filename” because the file is not compatible with this version of Photoshop”.

Is there any possibility to fix damaged PSD files?

Of course yes. One can easily repair damaged Photoshop files. Adobe Photoshop is widely used as a modern image processing application by many users as it has wonderful features for editing and sharing photos. Photoshop files will be recognized by .psd or .pdd or .psb file extensions. A Photoshop file consists of numerous layers and damage to any of these layers will cause inaccessibility of PSD file. And as mentioned in above scenario, users can lose access to PSD files when it is damaged.

Given below are few of the reasons behind PSD file damage:

  • Power failure: PSD file can get corrupt if the system gets shut down due to power surge or continuous power fluctuations while processing the file in Photoshop
  • PSD file conversion: Image layers of a PSD file gets flattened while converting PSD file format to other non-proprietary file format in order to share. But, if the layers get damaged during this process then PSD file will become unreadable
  • Other reasons: Software conflicts in working of Adobe Photoshop, editing PSD file in different versions of Adobe Photoshop application, malware or spyware infection, etc. can damage PSD file

When PSD file is damaged it rejects to open in any Photoshop application. Hence in such situations you need to make use of good repair utility to fix the damage and access the file again. Yodot PSD Repair software is one of comprehensive PSD file repair utilities available today. It performs read-only repair process so as to repair damaged PSD file without altering any content of the source PSD file during the repair process.

Accountable features of Yodot PSD Repair utility:

Yodot PSD Repair tool is repair damaged PSD file due to any reason. It supports repair of PSD files having different color modes such as Bitmap, Lab color, RGB color, Multichannel color, Gray Scale, etc. You effectively repairs PSD and PDD image files created different versions of Photoshop tool like Adobe Photoshop 5.5, Photoshop 6.0, Photoshop 7.0, Adobe Photoshop CS, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6. Additionally, it can mend large sized Photoshop files and PSD files having 1, 8, 16 and 32 bits depth per channel on Windows computer or laptops. Mac users can use the Mac version of Yodot PSD Repair tool to fix corrupt or damaged PSD files on their Macintosh machines.

Fix PSD files by following the procedure here:

  • Download Yodot PSD Repair tool and install it on your system
  • Run the utility by following the instructions
  • In the main window, click on “Browse” button to select the damaged PSD file on the system that has to be repaired
  • After selecting PSD file, click on “Repair” button
  • The software will start to repair the file and its status shall be displayed in the window
  • Once repair process is done, you can view all the contents of repaired PSD file such as different layers, etc.
  • Select desired location and click “Save” button to save repaired Photoshop file

Tips to avoid PSD file damage:

  • Before altering any PSD file contents on your system or on network, keep a copy of the image file and proceed
  • Update your Adobe Photoshop tool to avoid mal-functioning of the application