What Is a PCD File?

How to open, edit, and convert Kodak Photo CD files

A file with the PCD file extension is a Kodak Photo CD Image file. These files are used to store high-resolution photos on CDs, as well as by Kodak scanning hardware. PCD files store compressed images and maintain five resolutions of the same photo in a single file, including 192x128, 384x256, 768x512, 1536x1024, and 3072x2048.

If a PCD file isn't a Kodak image file, it might be a Pure Component Data file, a Pokemon Wonder Card file, or a Point Cloud Data file.

PCD files in Windows 10

How to Open a PCD File

Open a PCD file that's a Kodak Photo CD Image file with ThumbsPlus, Corel PaintShop Pro, IrfanView (it might require a plug-in and only work in the 32-bit version), XnView, Zoner Photo Studio, or another popular photo and graphics tools. Adobe Photoshop works, too, but only if it's CS3 or CS2.

PCD files in the Pure Component Data format are chemical data files used by the ChemSep program.

PCD files that are Pokemon Wonder Card files unlock new events and other things in the Pokemon Nintendo DS game. Pokemon Mystery Gift Editor edits these types of PCD files. The PokeGen program opens PCD files so that the files can be imported into saved Pokemon games (files with the .SAV extension).

Point Cloud Library opens Point Cloud Data files.

If you find that an application on your computer opens the PCD file but it's the wrong application or you'd rather have another installed program open PCD files, you'll need to change the default program that opens PCD files.

How to Convert a PCD File

Pcdtojpeg converts a Kodak Photo CD Image file's highest available resolution into a JPG file on both Windows and macOS. This tool is used through the command line, so read the Usage section of the Pcdtojpeg website to understand how it works.

Another option that converts a PCD image file is to use CoolUtils.com. Upload the PCD file to that website, then choose to convert a PCD file to JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, ICO, PNG, or PDF.

If you have a PCD file that's a Point Cloud Data file, there's a pcd2ply command you can read about on their website that can be used to convert PCD to PLY (a Polygon Model file).

Still Can't Open the File?

If your file won't open at this point, it's likely that you're not dealing with a PCD file. This might be the case if you've misread the file extension, which is really easy to do with an extension that has such common letters.

For example, PSD and PDD are off by just one letter when compared to PCD, but trying to open one of those files in a Pokemon program, for example, won't get you very far and you'll probably run into some errors.

The same could be said for others like PDC, PPC, and PCC files. If you have one of those files or something entirely different, research the letters/numbers that follow the filename to learn more about the format and what program you need to have in order to open, edit, or convert your file.

  • Can you open .PCD files in Photoshop?

    Yes, in Photoshop CS2 and CS3. Later versions will require you to convert the file first or find a workaround, depending on your version of Photoshop.

  • How do you open Point Cloud File .PCDs?

    These .PCD files can be opened out-of-the-box with 3D design software like Vectorworks.

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