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Windows 7: Trying to fix Photoshop files


22 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 ULT 32 bit
 
 
Trying to fix Photoshop files

Hi experts,

I have a group of layered Photoshop CS PSD files that were saved on a Mac back in 2004 and then burned to DVD... most of them open fine now on this PC with Windows 7 in Photoshop, GIMP and IrfanView.

But a few of these PSD files open but only display a message on a plain white background that says, "This layered Photoshop file was not saved with a composite image" in four languages.

Unfortunately I am in a location where I can not get back to the Mac computer and Firewire drive that these files were originally saved to and I am currently working on this PC with Windows 7, Photoshop, GIMP and IrfanView, but these files won't open here.

I'm wondering if anyone knows a trick, a bit of internal code editing, or any application that might get these files to open and display at least a flat version of what they contain, if not the full set of layers that were originally saved.

Thanks for any help,

digiday

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22 Apr 2011   #2

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

There is no way to open them. That error means that they were not saved in "maximum compatibility" mode. In order to use them in the programs you mentioned you will have to save them again in that mode.

Regards....Mike Connor
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22 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 ULT 32 bit
 
 

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your reply.

But I have other PSD files that were saved the same day and the exact same way on the same Mac in Photoshop that will open in this Photoshop and GIMP... they were all worked on, saved and burned to DVD the same way in the same batch.

Not to disagree with you, but I'm figuring that there is something that will allow them to open in one way or another.

Thanks for your input.

digi
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22 Apr 2011   #4

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

If there is some trick involved which will open them, then I don't know it.

That error occurs if the files were not saved in "maximum compatibility mode".

If the files were not saved in that mode then it always occurs. I have never found a way to open such files in any other software.

If they were all saved in the same way as you say, then I have no idea how it occurred.

Regards....Mike Connor
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22 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
There is no way to open them. That error means that they were not saved in "maximum compatibility" mode. In order to use them in the programs you mentioned you will have to save them again in that mode.

Regards....Mike Connor
Sorry Mike but but that's not quite correct. Sometimes it is an "effect", "layerstyle" "brushstyle" "pluggin" "vector shape mask layer" etc. which causes this problem, compatibility mode is designed mainly for use between the different versions/platforms of PS. Although compatibility mode is the correct option it doesn't always achieve the desired results.

Quote:
Always Saves a composite (flattened) image along with the layers of your document.
Ask Asks whether to maximize compatibility when you save.
Never Saves documents without maximizing compatibility.If you edit or save an image using an earlier version of Photoshop, unsupported features are discarded.
Digiday pal do you maybe have one of these files that is giving you problems that you could maybe upload that we can try and help you out with ... might not work but at least we can give it a try
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22 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 ULT 32 bit
 
 

Hi Pooman,

Thanks for your reply.

Yes I could send you both of the two critical files that I'm trying to open.. I already have them zipped... in the zipped file, both together are only about 65 mb... how would you want me to send these... they are just two worked photos of buildings.

Thanks so much...

digiday
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22 Apr 2011   #7

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PooMan UK View Post

Sorry Mike but but that's not quite correct. Sometimes it is an "effect", "layerstyle" "brushstyle" "pluggin" "vector shape mask layer" etc. which causes this problem, compatibility mode is designed mainly for use between the different versions/platforms of PS. Although compatibility mode is the correct option it doesn't always achieve the desired results.
No need to be sorry! Quite the reverse, I am always glad to learn something new. I have access to photoshop if I really need it, and I have used it a few times for various things on various machines, but I don't intend to purchase it or use it on my own machines. I mainly use the GIMP now, but I have a lot of other stuff as well.

Anyway, will be interesting to see if and how it works.

Regards....Mike Connor
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22 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

No probs Mike pal, let's hope we can help the OP out

digiday, I think Free File Hosting Made Simple - MediaFire allows large file uploads ... I could download it from there ... might take a while to upload though
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22 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 ULT 32 bit
 
 

Hi Pooman...

I'm checking out ************** now.

Back to you in a bit.

Thanks again,

digiday
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22 Apr 2011   #10

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

You can upload up to 100 MB here;

File-Upload.net - Ihr kostenloser File Hoster!

Also works for up to 2GB

http://www.filefactory.com/

Regards....Mike Connor
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