How to Recover Photoshop Files

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How to Recover Photoshop Files
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Adobe Photoshop is a computer photography program that allows users to import and edit pictures. Many times files cannot be retrieved once a computer crashes or a program like Photoshop ceases to work. There are fail-safe methods to recover your Photoshop files.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Photoshop program
  • Auto-save program
  • File retrieval program

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  1. 1

    Install an auto-save program on your computer. Specify where you want the files to save in. This will ensure that if something goes wrong the computer will have saved a backup file of what you've been working on.

  2. 2

    Search your computer. Type the name of the file you lost into your "search programs and files" box. If no files come up then move on to step 3.

  3. 3

    Install a file-recovery program. Follow the instructions for the file-recovery software and use it to recover the lost file.

  4. 4

    Be specific in your search for the file. Search for a Photoshop-specific file. Narrow down the search by clicking on the correct drive. The file-recovery program will usually search the whole computer after it's done searching the specific drive.

Tips and warnings

  • System Restore restores your whole system back to the previous date and time. If you have other things you've been working on know that these will revert back as well.

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