Working with Photoshop Files

Working with Photoshop Files

It’s easy to use Exposure with Photoshop thanks to Exposure’s ability to read and write Photoshop’s PSD format. This video shows you how to:

  • Export your Exposure-edited files as PSDs
  • Launch Photoshop as an external editor
  • Use Exposure to edit PSDs created in Photoshop

Photo: Suse Fewster

Now you can work with Photoshop Document files, commonly called PSD files, directly in Exposure, and launch Photoshop as an external editor from Exposure.

Working with Photoshop Document (PSD) files

Exposure enables you to export your images as Photoshop Document files. These files have the .PSD extension. You can choose between 8 or 16 bits per component, and choose any of the usual color spaces.

You can also view and non-destructively edit PSD files, as long as the PSD was saved in Photoshop with “compatibility mode” turned on. All edits are non-destructive, so any changes made are exported to a new file.

Launching Photoshop as an external editor

If you have Photoshop on your system when you install Exposure, it’s automatically added as an external editor.

If you install Photoshop after already installing Exposure, you can easily add it in Exposure’s External Editor preferences.

From Exposure, you can launch Photoshop as an external editor.

When you’re working with a file that Photoshop will overwrite, such as JPEG, PSD, or TIFF, we recommend choosing Edit copy in… so that Exposure first creates a copy which it sends to Photoshop. This keeps you from overwriting your original file.

PSD is the default file type that Exposure uses when opening a copy of an image in Photoshop. You can adjust these settings in the External Editors window, in the Settings for Copied Images section. You can choose TIFF or JPEG as well. You can adjust bit depth, and color space options, compression when using TIFF files, and Quality when using JPGs. To learn more about exporting, you can watch our exporting video.

To help you speed up your work, you can also assign a favorite editor, such as Photoshop, which you can then quickly open using a hotkey: +F10 opens the original file or Shift++F10 to open a copy. On Windows, thats Alt+F10 and Shift+Alt+F10.

Exposure writes the image as a single-layer PSD file. If you have created multiple layers in Exposure, they will be combined together when Exposure opens the file in Photoshop. Once you make your edits in Photoshop, save them and return to Exposure. Exposure will notice that the file has been changed and show the changes.