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I'm a programmer for a website. Because the site looked kind of naff, we paid a graphics designer to do us a new design. He has just sent me sample images (.jpgs) and the .psd files they were generated from.

In implementing the design in css, I want to work from the .psd files, as they are lossless. However, when I open them in GIMP, they look different to the sample images. For instance, the buttons don't have the gradients + shadows like they do on the sample image.

Is this because the designer sent me backups from halfway through production, by mistake? Or do you think it is because GIMP can't open .psd files correctly?

I don't have photoshop, so trying to open the files in that program is not an option.

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Nothing can really open PSD files as-is except for PhotoShop. If you're doing the slice-n-dice method of web site design by outsourcing the visual part, then you probably need to invest in a copy of PhotoShop as that's pretty much the standard tool. – DA01 Sep 22 '11 at 13:45
I think you're right. I downloaded a trial of photoshop, and opened the files in that - it renders fine. I think maybe the grouping of layers that Photoshop does was confusing GIMP. – Oliver Sep 22 '11 at 14:02
@Oliver If you found the answer please post it and close this question. – Jack Dec 27 '11 at 6:34
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No, especially layer effects are not translated correctly. There is most likely always a loss of information!

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