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How to Repair Photoshop PSB Files

Mack Wilson
Mack Wilson Originally published Mar 17, 23, updated Oct 17, 23

If you are a skilled graphic designer, you would understand the value of Photoshop. It is the most popular platform for displaying your talent while creating beautiful animations. What if your PSB files end up corrupt, destroying your vision for the project? You would need easy methods to repair PSB file. That's why I have come up with an article explaining the easiest methods to fix this issue.

Looking to get started? Yes! Here you go!

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In this article
  1. What is a PSB File?
    1. Cause 1: Power failure
    2. Cause 2: Virus attacks
    3. Cause 3: Improperly saving a PSB file
    4. Cause 4: Software malfunction
    1. Method 1: Repair a PSB File from Temp Folder
    2. Method 2: Deleted PSB File Recovered from the AutoSave
    3. Method 3: Repair PSB File Using Professional Software
  2. How to Avoid PSB Files to Protect PSB Files?

Part 1: What is a PSB File?

The PSB (Photoshop Big) file format meets the needs of professional graphic designers who work with high-resolution images. This huge document file format is quite similar to the more regularly used PSD format.

The PSB extension can handle substantially larger files with resolutions of up to 300,000 by 300,000 pixels. PSB files can be as large as 4 Exabytes (EB) or more than 4.2 billion Gigabytes (GB). Aside from that, a PSB file format allows us to effortlessly save 32-bit HDR photos (32-bits-per-channel). Not only that, but PSB supports all Adobe Photoshop effects, layers, filters, and other capabilities.

Part 2: What are the causes of PSB file damage?

Before going straight to the methods to repair PSB files, let's take a look at the causes of PSB file damage.

Cause 1: Power failure

An unexpected power failure can keep your computer inoperable, causing serious corruption to PSB files.

Cause 2: Virus attacks

The PSB files produced by Adobe Photoshop are not virus-proof. Files can be easily corrupted by virus attacks.

Cause 3: Improperly saving a PSB file

If you do not properly save your PSB file or if there is an issue during the file-saving procedure, you may experience corruption.

Cause 4: Software malfunction

Photoshop has some internal flaws that might prevent them from working correctly and lead to PSB file corruption.

Part 3: How to Repair Photoshop PSB files?

Now that you are aware of the various causes of PSB file damage,let's go into full detail on the methods that can be used to repair PSB files.

Method 1: Repair PSB File Using Professional Software

Anyone can experience unintentionally losing or deleting PSB files. However, you may easily recover any deleted or lost files quickly with the help of reliable and effective recovery software.

There is the multiple recovery software available on the internet. In that situation, you might get confused that which one would be give you best results. So, considering it, I am recommending you choose Wondershare Repairit.

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Wondershare Repairit is a potent file repair solution to repair corrupted Adobe files such as PSD, PSB, and AI file metadata. Some more features of Repairit- File Repair are as follows:

  • Supports PSB repair in all versions of Photoshop
  • Fixes Photoshop image width and height, masks, number of channels, and number of layers.
  • The general layout and format of Adobe files can be changed suddenly using Adobe File Repair
  • This tool can repair Adobe Files without changing their original content.
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You only need to follow three simple steps to fix your PSB files created using Photoshop on a computer. Make sure Wondershare Repairit is downloaded and installed on your computer.

After doing this, follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step1 Upload the Adobe files in Adobe File Repair

Open Repairit on your PC to get started. Then select Adobe File Repair from the File Repair menu. The broken Adobe files must be chosen in the Finder window.

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Then, select the desired files and upload them.

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Step2 Repair PSB Files

Once all the corrupted PSB files are uploaded, start the repair process by tapping on "Repair"

Note: This is the "Quick Repair" Mode for not badly damaged Adobe files.
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Step3 Advanced File Repair

If the "Quick Repair" mode is not able to fix your damaged Adobe files, try the "Advanced Repair" Mode. A popup will appear asking you to add a sample file.

Note: A sample file is a good, fully accessible file with the same format and resolution as the corrupted one.
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Step4 Preview and Save the repaired Adobe files

Now, the repair process is completed. Choose the "Preview" button to see whether you get satisfactory results.

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If you get the satisfied results, then choose the "Save" button and select a location to download them to your PC.

Method 2: Repair a PSB File from Temp Folder

Photoshop uses the Temp folder to save your existing work when editing a file. So, these files act as a backup if Photoshop fails or ceases functioning. Follow the steps below to successfully recover your corrupted files from the temp folder

Step1 Navigate to C:\Users\UserName\Local\Temp\ to open the temp files folder or type %temp% in the search box to open the temp folder.

Step2 Locate the temp files similar to your damaged PSB files.

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Step3 Rename the file extension from the .temp file into .psd.

Step4 Open and repair the Photoshop file.

Method 3: Deleted PSB File Recovered from the AutoSave

Versions 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019 of Photoshop CC and Adobe CS6 come with the AutoSave feature. You can use this capability to automatically back up PSB files while editing. So, you may simply recover your file using the AutoSave option if Photoshop fails and you haven't saved it.

You can follow the instructions below to configure Adobe Photoshop's AutoSave feature:

Step1 Open Adobe Photoshop CC, select "Edit," and then "Preference."

Step2 Next, select "File Handling" and then hit "Automatic Save Recovery Information Every_Minute or Hour". This option enables you to save PSB files on a predetermined schedule.

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Step3 Now, the AutoSave feature is set up. You are ready to locate the unsaved file, open it, and save it in a safe location on your PC.

Part 4: How to Avoid PSB Files to Protect PSB Files?

You can follow some tips to protect your PSB files with ease so that they cannot get corrupted. The tips are as follows:

Tip 1: You can set a password for your PSB file and only share it with the users you want to have access to it if you want to secure it from being used by others.

Tip 2: A PDF file can easily be created from your image PSB file. You can stop someone from editing the file in this way. All you have to do to secure your PSB file is click "Security" in the Save PDF dialogue box, and then under the "Permissions" section, input a password.

Tip 3:  Ask the network administrator to limit access to your PSB file to only particular computers if you are working on a network.


You sometimes have no control over a problem like your computer or Photoshop crashing. However, if you follow the aforementioned methods after a crash, you can repair PSB files. You can also repair your corrupted PSB files using Wondershare Repairit. I guarantee that you will get the repaired PSB files with the best results without worrying about the original content of the PSB files.

Mack Wilson
Mack Wilson Oct 17, 23
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