If you have received a Photoshop file that you can not open, there’s no need to worry as there are actually many reasonable online options that can also be used to open Adobe’s PSD file format. In this article you can read a description of GIMP and Paint.NET, which are 2 of the most popular and used image editing tools. Here’s our guide to opening .PSD files without having Adobe Photoshop installed on your computer or device.

However, although these Photoshop alternatives can easily open PSD files, it is not always possible that one’s documents are opened correctly. However, if you know beforehand that you prefer another image program, we recommend that you use the tool’s own format for everything to work.


This tool is probably the most widely used alternative to Photoshop, mainly because the program is open source – which means that the program code is freely available to anyone wishing to apply it or make modifications. GIMP supports many smart tools, filters, and also, Adobe’s own PSD file type. You can download GIMP at a variety of sites, but the official one is located here.

If you want to get as close to the original as possible, there is actually a group of developers who work at Gimpshop. Basically, it’s almost the same program as GIMP, but changes have been made to the interface so the tool reminds even more about Adobe’s own program.


Paint.NET has a graphical user interface similar to GIMP and as such is relatively easy to begin working with. Paint.NET is not open-source, but it’s still free and used by many people because of its features and capabilities. If you choose to use either this program that features tons of personal preferences and operating system tweaks, you can download it here.

What you need to be aware of is that Paint.NET does not support Photoshop files by default. Fortunately, there is a smart plugin that you find here that adds this functionality. The installation procedure is very simple, simply unpacking the plugin folder and dragging the file “PhotoShop.dll” into the Paint.NET subfolder named “FileTypes”.

If you also know about other relevant Photoshop-like alternatives, you’re always welcome to post a comment under the article so everyone can enjoy your advice.