What Is a PSP File?

How to open, edit, & convert PSP files

A file with the PSP file extension is most likely a Paint Shop Pro Image file. Similar to Adobe Photoshop's PSD format, PSP files can store guides, layered images, and other things common with advanced image editing software.

Some PSP files may instead be Photoshop Preferences files that store settings for Photoshop. For example, there's a Brushes.psp, Patterns.psp, and Styles.psp file to store settings specific to those functions.

PL/SQL Server Page files that access database information through SQL commands are text files that also use this file extension.

PSP files in Windows 10 that open with Adobe Photoshop

PSP is also short for other technology terms that have nothing to do with file formats, like payment service provider, PlayStation Portable, personal security professional, and Python Server Pages.

How to Open a PSP File

PSP files can be opened with Corel PaintShop Pro, Photoshop, ACD Systems Canvas, Chasys Draw IES, IrfanView (with a plugin), GIMP, and possibly some other popular photo and graphics tools as well.

Versions of Paint Shop Pro newer than PSP 8 have files that end in .PSPIMAGE instead.

PSP files used by Photoshop and Photoshop Elements for storing preferences probably don't ever need to be opened manually. This is because they're stored in the program's installation directory and are used automatically when the software is being used.

PL/SQL Server Page files that are in the .PSP format can be viewed in a browser and edited with a text editor like Notepad in Windows.

If Notepad is too basic for you, see our Best Free Text Editors list for some better options.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the file but it's the wrong application or you'd rather have another installed program open it, see our How to Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How to Convert a PSP File

If the PSP file is an image file, you can convert it to another image format like JPG or TIF with the free IrfanView program linked above.

This free online PSP to JPG converter is another option. It's different from IrfanView because you have to upload the PSP file to the website in order to convert it, but it's also probably much quicker than downloading and installing IrfanView just to convert the file.

PSP files might contain layers like PSD files, but we're not aware of a file converter that can preserve those layers and convert the PSP directly to PSD. However, you can of course just convert the PSP to JPG and then open it with Photoshop to save it to PSD—again, this won't keep the layers, though.

There's no reason to convert a Photoshop Preferences file into a new format because files of this type are made specifically for Photoshop, so they won't work in any other application even under a different format.

PL/SQL Server Page files can be saved to any other text-based format using a text editor.

Some programs let you rip or copy a PSP (PlayStation Portable) game to an ISO file. If you need to convert that ISO file to a CSO file, you can use Format Factory.

Using PSP Files to Reset Photoshop

If you're experiencing odd problems with Photoshop's panels and tools, you can remove these PSP files so that the default settings are reinstated.

Here's the default location in Windows and macOS:

  • Windows: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Adobe Photoshop Settings\
  • macOS: //Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop Settings/

Another way to reset preferences in Photoshop that doesn't involve deleting the PSP files manually is to press and hold the Alt+Ctrl+Shift (Windows) or Option+Command+Shift (Mac) keyboard shortcut as you're opening Photoshop—you'll be prompted to delete the settings (the PSP files).

  • How do I open a PSP file on Android or iPhone?

    Use the Adobe Photoshop app for iOS or Android. If you don't have a Photoshop subscription, convert the file to an image format like JPG.

  • What file format does the PSP use?

    The files supported by the Sony PSP include video formats like AVI and MP4, audio formats like MP3 and WAV, and game files from UMD discs. If you want to play a PSP game on an emulator, you need an ISO file.

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