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Author Topic: What are my options for editing a PSD file  (Read 4485 times)

tranglos

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What are my options for editing a PSD file
« on: May 13, 2009, 09:35:39 AM »
...without buying PhotoShop, which I sure as heck can't afford and don't quite need?

I've bought a template for my wife's website and will need to modify a psd file to change the text on the logo image. The file is an 8 MB psd, from which I assume I can extract the logo section and change it. I thought I'd be able to do so in Paint Shop Pro 8, but PSP says "Not enough memory to complete this operation" (which is clearly BS; most likely the file format is too new or too complex for PSP to handle).

There is a psd plugin for Paint .Net, but it also throws an error when opening the file. What are my other options?

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2009, 09:41:57 AM »
Gimp should open it too, unless you are hit with the same error.

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009, 09:57:37 AM »
Gimp should open it too, unless you are hit with the same error.

Thanks nudone, I'l try that.

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009, 10:06:20 AM »
OK, Gimp dies on that file too: "unsupported or invalid layer height: -1". Meanwhile, IrfanView displays the image just fine.

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009, 10:10:51 AM »
Download the trial of PS or PSE; extract what you want; uninstall.
I'm assuming PSE would work.

Alternatively, ask someone with PS/PSE to do it for you.

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2009, 10:18:28 AM »
If you PM me the file it will be a few minutes work for me to return it for you into a layered tiff file that you can open in most editors.

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2009, 10:19:14 AM »
IrfanView surely can save it in adifferent format keeping the layers intact? Seeing as it can display the file?

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2009, 10:31:22 AM »
IrfanView surely can save it in adifferent format keeping the layers intact? Seeing as it can display the file?

IrfanView saved it as a tiff, but it looks like there's only one layer. I really know nothing about editing graphics :)

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009, 10:31:47 AM »
If you PM me the file it will be a few minutes work for me to return it for you into a layered tiff file that you can open in most editors.

Will do, thank you kindly!

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2009, 03:49:20 AM »
Ok I'm uploading a zip with versions in TIFF format, Photoshop PDF format, and maximized compatibility PSD (all layered) in variations with and without the logo text you are wanting to replace. More info in PM

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2009, 03:23:00 PM »
Ok I'm uploading a zip with versions in TIFF format, Photoshop PDF format, and maximized compatibility PSD (all layered) in variations with and without the logo text you are wanting to replace. More info in PM


Thanks so much! I've replied via PM.


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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2009, 08:51:32 PM »
2tranglos

It seems I am too late but… have you ever tried Artweaver?

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2009, 04:20:11 AM »
2tranglos

It seems I am too late but… have you ever tried Artweaver?


Not too late :) Justice kindly separated the layers for me and sent me files I can open in PaintShop Pro, but since my OP I haven't had time to work on the design. I'll try Artweaver, thanks!

Right now I basically need to add my own text to a header image for the page. The original template uses a sweet glow effect that I liked a lot, but can't hope to reproduce it. I installed Photoshop Elements trial, but can't figure out how to use it effectively. I can add text as a new layer, but there seems to be no way to move it around the image - strange. I can move text around in Paintshop Pro, but it lacks good blending effects, so the text looks ugly and out of place. I've always found image editing programs very awkward to use - sometimes it's downright malice!

(For example, what's up with the font drop-down menu in Photoshop Elements? If the list of fonts doesn't fit on the page, the only way to scroll the menu is with the keyboard. The interface is all glossy black and gray, and so is text on the UI controls - incredibly hard to read. And the license sells for how much again? I'd never pay for this program, ever! Is the full edition of Photoshop equally bad?)

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Re: What are my options for editing a PSD file
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2009, 11:36:43 AM »
A lot of programs can open and work with PSD files, but none will support all the native photoshop features. Obviously there is a big variation on which program can duplicate which PS effects.
Since you have a version of PSP (which), which is very capable in it's own right, what kind of text effect would you like to achieve? Can you post an example?