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How to read PSD images in Java

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In this blog post I will explain how to read PSD images in Java.

What is PSD?

PSD (Photoshop Document) is a format used by the popular Adobe Photoshop. The software which has its own format is used by many people for graphic designing and image editing.

A PSD file contains multiple objects including images, shapes, text, filters and other objects often used in graphic designing/editing. This allows Photoshop users to save, transfer and make further changes to their work in the future.

The file name extension for PSD files is: .psd

How to read a PSD image in Java with ImageIO

Step 1 Download TwelveMonkeys plugin and add to class path.
Step 2 Create a File handle, InputStream or URL pointing to the raw PSD image.
Step 3 ImageIO will now be able to read a PSD file into a BufferedImage. This syntax is like so:

BufferedImage image = ImageIO.read(psdFileOrInputStreamOrURL)

How to read a PSD image in Java with JDeli

Step 1 Add JDeli to the class or module path. (download the trial jar).
Step 2 Create a File handle, InputStream pointing to the raw PSD image. You can also use a byte[] containing the image data.
Step 3 Read the PSD image into a BufferedImage

BufferedImage image = JDeli.read(psdFile);

Why use JDeli to read PSD images?

JDeli offers a range of advantages over ImageIO and alternatives, including:

  • prevent heap related JVM crashes
  • improve read performance
  • support for CMYK as well as RGB
  • supports threading
  • Support for later versions of Java and Java modules

Learn more about JDeli, or download to try it yourself.



Zain Zain is a Java developer. His is a knowledge seeker who likes to try out and explore new things.

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