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How To Preview PSD Images Without Installing Photoshop


Have you ever been in the situation where you want to preview something that you’ve done in Photoshop and accidentally you don’t have Photoshop installed at the moment? Maybe it could be on your friend’s PC, and you just wanted to show him your latest work or design or wallpaper made in Photoshop. Sometimes you just forget to make flat image in JPEG format, sometimes you just save the file as it is in PSD and at the moment when you realize that on other PC you don’t have Photoshop installed, it’s too late…


Well there is one easy and quick fix that will let you preview images in PSD file format, even if you don’t have Adobe Photoshop installed on that PC.
It will enable you to see the image in Windows Explorer, like you see thumbnails of other known formats like JPEG or PNG, except this will work for PSD too!
There are two ways to do this little trick. I’ll show you both and then you choose which way is easier to you.

The Geek Way:

1. Download psicon.dll from here.
2. Now copy the file that you downloaded to location below:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell
If this folder does not exist, create it and finish the step 2.

3. Now open Windows Notepad and copy the text below in it and save it as “Photoshop.reg” (without quotes)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs]

“C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll”=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.psd\ShellEx]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.psd\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}]

@=”{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}”
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}]
@=”Photoshop Icon Handler”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0B6DC6EE-C4FD-11d1-819A-00C04FB69B4D}\InProcServer32]

@=”C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\Adobe\\Shell\\psicon.dll”
“ThreadingModel”=”Apartment”

4. Now run the reg file you have created using steps above and click Yes when asked for permissions.
By finishing these steps, you have successfully made possible to see or preview PSD files with you Windows Explorer, even when you don’t have Adobe Photoshop installed!



And if you wanted to know what’s the second way to do this, here you go:


The Second Way:

This method supports the following image formats: cut, dcx, dds, mdl, mng, pcd, pcx, pic, pix, png, pnm/pbm/pgm/ppm, psd/pdd, psp, pxr, sgi/rgb, tif/tiff, tga/vda/icb/vst, wal and xpm.
This includes PSD files and as you can see, many other file formats, so this is much more practical and maybe preferred method. You can view all of these file formats in Windows Explorer.
All of this can be made possible by using a tiny software called ThumbView Lite which does this job easily. This software is less than 0.5 mb. It supports amazing 19 image types. All you need to do is install it, (it’s pretty fast) and enjoy the benefits!

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