5 Proven Methods to Recover Photoshop Files on Mac and Windows

2018-06-14 05:33:26 / Posted by Jose Henline to Recover Follow @ Jose

Yesterday, I was working on an Adobe Photoshop project, then the app crashed without warning me to save the PSD file. The project was my whole day work. I suddenly became panic, but soon calmed down and tried to recover the unsaved PSD file. And you guys might have experienced the similar situation. Don’t be panic either, by following this guide, you can recover Photoshop files on Mac and Windows no matter your PSD files are unsaved, deleted, lost or corrupted.

Recover Photoshop File from Recent Tab (Direct Method)

Many Photoshop users may not know that they can recover Photoshop files directly in Photoshop app whether the files are unsaved, deleted or lost. Here are the right steps to recover PSD files from Recent tab in Photoshop app.

  1. On your Mac or PC computer, open Photoshop application.
  2. Click “File” in the menu bar and select “Open Recent”.
  3. Then the app will list all files that you open recently. Choose the PSD file you want to recover. Then you can edit or save the PSD file as other formats.

Recover Photoshop Files via Photoshop File Recovery (Most Effective)

If you can’t find the deleted or lost PSD files in Open Recent tab, a third-party Photoshop file recovery tool may be helpful. When a PSD file is deleted by accident or lost due to uncertain reasons, it may be still on the drive but can’t be accessed directly. At this point, file recovery software comes in.

Program to Recover Photoshop Files on Mac

As far as program for recovering PSD files on Mac, Cisdem Data Recovery is highly recommended because of its effectiveness, high file recovery rate and easy to use interface.

Cisdem Data Recovery is the best data recovery software for Mac users to recover photos, images, documents, itunes music, archives and other files from hard drives or other storage media. Whether your Photoshop files are lost due to app crashes, power failure or improper operations, you can always get them back with this Photoshop file recovery tool. Get it for free now and follow the steps below to fast recover Photoshop files on Mac.

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Step1. Open Cisdem Data Recovery on Mac and choose a scan mode (If your PSD files are deleted or lost recently, please choose Basic Data Recovery. Otherwise, choose Advanced Data Recovery).

Step2. Choose your hard drive where your Photoshop files were stored. 

Step3. The Photoshop file recovery software will list all found psd and psb files after scanning. Click each file to preview, locate the ones you need and hit “Recover” button to recover them on Mac.


Program to Recover Photoshop Files on Windows

Since Cisdem Data Recovery is only available on macOS, so here I am going to introduce a piece of Photoshop file recovery software that suitable for Windows users.

Recuva, a famous and free data recovery tool for Windows, is able to undelete files including photos, videos, audios, documents and more that have been deleted from recycle bin or permanently deleted from other storage devices. Download it for free and start to perform PSD file recovery on your Windows computer.

Download Recuva on Windows!

  1. Install and open Recuva on PC. Press “Next” button to continue.
  2. Select “Pictures” from the file type list and click “Next”.
  3. Select the location where the Photoshop files were and tap “Next”.
  4. Tick “Enable Deep Scan” and click “Start” to scan all photos including Photoshop files. Wait patiently.
  5. After scanning, locate the Photoshop files and click on “Recover” button to restore them.

Auto Recover Photoshop File If AutoSave Enabled

Like Microsoft Office app or MS Word, Photoshop (Photoshop CS6 and above or Photoshop CC 2014/2015/2017/2018) also has an AutoSave feature that can automatically save PSD files and allows users to auto recover unsaved Photoshop files. The AutoSave feature should be enabled by default and you can change AutoSave option by following the guide below.

  1. Navigate to File > Preferences > File Handling in Photoshop app.
  2. Under “File Saving Options”, make sure “Automatically Save Recovery Information Every:” is ticked. And by default, it is set to 10 minutes.
  3. Then open the dropdown menu and you can set it to 5 minutes (recommended).

If the Photoshop app crashes without warning during the interval time, any changes you made since the last save will not be saved automatically.

If you have configured the AutoSave setting, then you can auto recover unsaved Photoshop file. The next time you open Photoshop app after crash or unexpected quit, you will see the auto saved PSD files. If it wouldn’t show the AutoSaved PSD automatically, you can also find them manually in paths as following.

For Windows users:

C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2018\AutoRecover

For Mac users:

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC 2018/AutoRecover

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 is just an example of versions of Photoshop. And you can replace it with another version like Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Photoshop CC 2017, etc. So the specific path is slightly different based on the version of your Photoshop.

Recover Photoshop File from Temp Folder (Lucky Enough)

When a new PSD file is being created, its temporary file is also created to contain information. Normally, the temporary file is supposed to be automatically deleted after closing the Photoshop app. But sometimes due to the crappy file management of Photoshop, the temporary file may still stick around. In such case, you can simply follow steps below and get hands on how to recover PSD file from temp folder.

1. Go to the path and you will be navigated to the Temp folder on PC.

C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Local\Temp

For Mac users to navigate to Temp folder, you can open Terminal application and type “open /tmp”, then press Enter.

2. Then locate the PSD temp file and change its extension to .psd. Then open it with Photoshop app and you will see the Photoshop file is back.

If PSD Files Are Damaged, How to Fix?

If your PSD files are corrupted or damaged, then you need to repair them with some PSD repair tools. There are a lot of options in the market and they are not free of charge. Here I will show you how to repair corrupted PSD files online.

  1. Open the website - https://onlinefilerepair.com/, then press “Push to Start Upload File and Repair >”.
  2. Click “select file” to upload your corrupted PSD file (no more than 1GB in size), enter your email and the correct image characters. Tap “Upload file for recovery >” to continue.
  3. After a while, the repaired PSD file can be previewed. For better preview, you can click it to see the larger one. At last, pay it for $5 if you are pleased with the result and get the PSD file. 

It is quite easy to repair Photoshop file online and it is not recommended to download and install PSD repair applications like Remo Repair PSD and PSD Repair Kit as they use the same algorithms as the recommended online tool to repair PSD file.

In Conclusion

It is really heartbreaking to lose an Adobe Photoshop file especially after you have spent lots of time in working on it. And above 5 proven solutions can handle all of your Photoshop file recovery needs. Moreover, to avoid data loss, it is best to manually save the PSD files after any change and regularly backup them or other important files elsewhere.

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