A Quick Way to Recover Deleted or Lost Photoshop PSD Files

Last updated: Jan. 11, 2017

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You've been working on an Adobe Photoshop project for a few weeks and saved everything on a regular basis. But, all of a sudden Photoshop just crashed and all the stuff were gone.

I feel the disappointment and panic. Who wouldn't be upset if they were put under this situation? But, your Photoshop source files may be retrieved.

That's what I'm going to show you today - a quick way to recover your .psd files got deleted accidentally or lost due to software crash or other reasons.

First things first: stop what you are doing — do not open any projects or create new ones.

Things you'll need:

  • Your computer.
  • Photo recovery/repair software.
  • Internet connection.
  • A little bit time and patience.

Adobe PSD File Recovery Software

It doesn't matter whether your PSD files are lost due to human errors or Adobe Photoshop software issues. You can always try a digital photo recovery software that supports the Adobe .psd format.

We recommend Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery because it's powerful and easy to use. Best of all, it comes with both a PC and a Mac version, so you don't have to worry about system compatibility issues.

Step by step tutorial to recover your .psd files

Below are detailed instructions on how to recover your Photoshop (.psd, .tmp, .psb) files with the software.

Step 1: Get Stellar Photo Recovery and install the application on your PC or Mac.

Step 2: Launch the program, define the file types for scan, and let it run to look for those deleted or lost image files.

Step 3: Once the scan is complete, navigate on the left panel to locate your PSD files and recover them.

What if your PSD files are corrupted?

In this case, you can try this tool called Remo Repair PSD — a program specifically developed to repair corrupt Photoshop .PSD, .PSB, or .PDD files. You'll find that the fixed image files in original formats along with layers and corresponding bitmap files.

Get Remo Repair PSD from Its Official Website

Kind tip: make sure you backup your original Photoshop files before you start using the software, just in case.

Photoshop just crashed with .tmp file left?

The .tmp is a temporary file that Adobe Photoshop saves when an unexpected exit or shutdown happens. It can't be loaded or opened in Photoshop. To fix it, the easiest way is to edit the file extension. Simple go back to Photoshop -> File > Open, change the file's extension from .tmp to .psd and click Open. Wait a few seconds, you'll probably see your work alive again.


Losing an Adobe Photoshop project is sad even scaring, especially if you've worked on the design project for quite some time. Hopefully with the above recovery solutions, you've found or repaired your PSD files. Next time, remember to always backup your important documents timely — that's the golden rule to avoid data loss in the digital age.

Andreas is an Apple and Microsoft fanboy who works with his Mac and lives with a PC at home. While he is not reading technology journals, you’ll probably find him playing online games with friends or hiking in the wild.

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