How to Repair Photoshop CS3 File Locked Error?

“I am not able to open an image file in Photoshop CS3 tool as I’m getting the error, could not initialize Photoshop as the file is locked. The image file is very important and is required for my project. I don’t even posses another copy of this PSD file that is not showing up in Photoshop CS3. So, how can I fix Photoshop CS3 file locked error? Kindly, suggest some useful tips.”

Adobe has many advantageous tools, among which Photoshop is the famous graphics editing program. This application gives way to create and edit amazing picture files of rich colors and multiple layers easily. Files created in Photoshop will get saved as .psd and .pdd file formats. These images can be of color modes like RGB, CMYK, Bitmap, Grayscale, etc. with different depths per channel. Apart from various versions of Photoshop application, Adobe Photoshop CS3 had come up with new tools and more importantly certain statics to improve Photoshop usage and minimize its crashing. But still one might face difficulties while using Photoshop CS3 to view or edit PSD images. One of the errors that troubles Photoshop CS3 users is “Could not initialize Photoshop as the file is locked”.

Photoshop CS3 error file is locked:

This error generally occurs in Photoshop CS3 due to change in the preferences. Usually, while setting scratch disk for Photoshop in its preferences one has to select a drive other than Local Disk C which is recommended. But the process may sometime force users to select C drive that holds operating systems which then gives rise conflicts. Photoshop CS3 will write scratch files to user’s TMP directory instead of root directory (in which the Photoshop has permission to write files). Thus, if application is made to run it says some files do not have permission or it says file is locked and hence the application cannot be opened. Trying to open PSD images in such a case can corrupt the files that cannot be accessed further.

How to resolve Photoshop CS3 file is locked error?

In order to fix the given error in Photoshop CS3 while opening any image file one should resolve permissions problem by setting appropriate scratch disk for Photoshop CS3. However, to repair PSD file that is inaccessible due to Photoshop CS3 error, one should make use of third party PSD file repair utility to fix Photoshop images.

Photoshop CS3 image file repair tool:

As said above Yodot PSD Repair is the recommendable software to fix Photoshop CS3 PSD file that is corrupt or damaged due to vast reasons. This utility can easily fix Photoshop PSD and PDD images that created using Adobe Photoshop 6, 7, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6 application versions. One can use this tool to repair Photoshop files that show variant error messages and blocks access to the image file. It includes best repair strategies that can successfully repair broken or damaged Photoshop images with different color modes and layer descriptions on Windows computers. Users who use Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 OS versions on their computers can make use of this tool to repair Adobe Photoshop files effortlessly. Also, this software can mend Photoshop files on Mac computers and notebooks like Mac Mini, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro running with Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks OS X versions.

Complete steps required to repair Photoshop CS3 files are:

  • Download the software on to your computer where PSD file is residing
  • Next, install and run the utility according to given instructions
  • From main screen click on ‘BROWSE’ button to search for required Photoshop file that has to be fixed
  • After choosing the file, click ‘Repair’ button to start the scanning process
  • Allow the software to scan the selected Photoshop file to fix its issues
  • Status of the scanning process will be shown by Progress bar
  • Once scanning ends, a new repaired PSD file will be ready to access
  • View this fixed image file using Preview button
  • At last save fixed Photoshop CS3 file to target location on computer hard drive for further usage

Notable Key Points:

  • Follow proper methods while setting Preferences in Photoshop CS3 tool
  • Keep backup of essential PSD image files so that data corruption can be avoided to some extent