There are frustrating moments when Photoshop suddenly closes or crashes due to a technical issue while you are working. You may lose your precious work as a result of crashing as the PSD files get corrupted. Learn how to open a Photoshop Temp file on Windows and Mac to recover your PSD files easily.
Generally, while running an application, the data is saved in the form of temp files on the computer. Photoshop runs on the same principle. It creates temp files in a deeply buried destination folder on your PC or Mac.
Later on, when Photoshop is closed normally, these temp files convert into permanent ones. In case of crashing or abrupt closure of the program, you can find these temp files and manually convert them into permanent PSD files in order to open them.
Additionally, temp files are also created in the temp files folder when you open a smart object in Photoshop. Until you save the smart object out of Photoshop, this temp file will not get deleted.
Opening temp files in Photoshop is not a very perceptive process, but thankfully, all the steps that you take will help you recover your unsaved PSDs.
First of all, remember that recovering lost PSDs from temp files is not your first line of defense. Your best bet is to turn autosave on in Photoshop CC, which we will talk about later in the post. However, if your autosave was not turned on, here is what you can do as a Windows user to recover the files and open them in Photoshop.
The temp files are saved in a .tmp format. In order to open them in Photoshop, you need to change the file name extensions. It is as simple as changing their format by swapping the .tmp extension with the .psd extension.
Note: If you are a Mac user, you might be aware that although there is a directory that stores temp files, it isn’t safe to access it like on Windows. The directory holds important system files without write protection. Your OS might become unbootable if you accidentally delete an important temp file. It is, therefore, highly recommended to use reliable Data Recovery Software for Mac.
As mentioned above, turning on the Autosave feature is a convenient way to ensure your files won’t get lost even in case of abrupt crashing of the software.
Although every new version of Photoshop is a lot more efficient and stable, you can not guarantee that it will never crash. You have a risk of losing your hard work if any such scenario arises.
When we specify to Photoshop how frequently we want to back up the copy of our work, it automatically saves our work after that specified time.
Keep in mind that recovered files are different from the original files, and they will be saved in a backup file. If Photoshop crashes, you can reopen it, and the autosaved backup file will be reopened.
The autosaved version will be available with the work you had done till the last time Photoshop autosaved it. In the file name, you can see the word Recovered added to show that it is a recovered backup copy of the original file.
There is another feature available in Mac that may save your files by restoring their previous versions in case you did not turn on the Autosave in Photoshop. The feature is named the Mac Time Machine which you can turn on and set up for your Photoshop files.
All you need to do is to connect the Time Machine’s backup drive to Mac and click on Time Machine in the Dock. when you access the Time Machine, find the Photoshop backup files and click on Restore.
Software crashing and technical issues on computers are unavoidable as no one can guarantee that won’t happen. In Photoshop, such events may cause hindrance in your workflow as you may lose the current sessions on which you spent a lot of time and effort. Luckily, you can easily restore those lost PSD files via the temp file opening method.