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Can't open some PSDs in GIMP

Apr 14, 2011, 20:43 (This post was last modified: Apr 14, 2011 21:22 by digiday.)
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Can't open some PSDs in GIMP
Hi all,

I have a few older PSDs that were saved with Photoshop CS that will not open in GIMP or in IrfanView... instead of the PSD layers, I get a white image that has a message in four languages that says,
"This layered Photoshop file was not saved with a composite image".

Yet I have other layered PSDs that were saved of similar images at the same time that do open in GIMP just fine.

Also what is very strange here in these files that won't show their image is that the paths in these original PSDs do show up in GIMP, but normally GIMP cannot read path information from PSD files... or from PSDs saved in GIMP anyway.

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to get these images to open with their original content, or show their images at all?


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Apr 14, 2011, 22:12
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RE: Can't open some PSDs in GIMP
Sometimes PhotoShop links or paths to images, custom fonts or files somewhere on your hard drive. So if you have saved your work on a CD or thumb then open it on another PC paths are broken. If your using PhotoShop its best to save every file into one folder just like building a website.
This happen all the time to students that share or need to use different PC.
You would probably get the same kind of message using Photoshop if the work was done on another PC.
Gimp doesn't have this broken path problem because is saves the work in a different way.
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Apr 24, 2011, 06:23 (This post was last modified: Apr 24, 2011 06:25 by digiday.)
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RE: Can't open some PSDs in GIMP
Hi Troy,

It's been a while since my post and your reply... I never get email notifications from this forum in spite of having all the settings set to receive replies.

Well, these PSDs ended up opening in Photoshop on another Mac, not the original that they were saved on.

So in spite of your theory, it does seem that it is GIMP that couldn't handle opening them... as I said, there were other images that were saved at the same time, in the same way, to the same folder and then burnt to the same DVD, that would open, but just these few wouldn't open in GIMP.

I've heard all kinds of theories about why some files won't open in some apps after being burnt to CDs and DVDs... but the proof is in what the results are.

Thanks for your theory.

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