What are Pros and Cons for using PSD formats?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is really nearly impossible to answer unless the context of the file is known. PSD may be great for one use and horrible for another.
    – Scott
    Oct 18, 2017 at 19:43
  • Why is this a gcse question its on the curriculum
    – user130418
    Dec 7, 2018 at 16:12
  • Is there any advantage of using PSDT over PSD?
    – Clicker
    Mar 2, 2019 at 9:32

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  • Utilize all of Photoshop's features (retain adjustment layers, masks, shapes, clipping paths, layer styles, blending modes, smart objects).
  • Tight integration between Adobe products, you can directly import a Photoshop file into Illustrator, InDesign, etc.
  • Open saved file with layers.
  • Useful if you need to maintain transparency.
  • You can save 16-bits-per-channel and high dynamic range (HDR) 32-bits-per-channel images as PSD files.


  • Large file size.
  • PSD is proprietary to Adobe. So it is not widely supported by other apps like TIFF is.

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