Up until now, I would snap photos using my Android device and comfortably open JPEG images in Adobe Photoshop. But, ever since I have switched to an iPhone, I can’t open HEIC photos in Photoshop. What do I do? I need to work on these images promptly to meet a client deadline.
Going by the title, you might think why would I need to learn how to open HEIC photos in Photoshop?
Especially, if you work with Adobe Photoshop on a day-to-day basis, you might be thinking that opening photos is just like any other activity you do in a day, and as a user, it’s almost like a natural activity for you.
But, let us tell you that quite like many other platforms, even the older versions of Adobe Photoshop don’t support HEIC images. And, this is the reason why we have put up an easy-to-follow guide on how you can open HEIC images on Windows and Mac.
Why Would You Use Older Adobe Photoshop Versions?
Even though we recommend that you update your Windows or even Mac applications, from time to time, there could be various reasons why you might be sticking with an older version of Photoshop. Some of these are mentioned below –
- You may have an older PSD file that can only open in an older version of Adobe Photoshop.
- There are specific filters or tools exclusive to older versions of the software.
- It could be that your current Windows desktop or Mac is not ready to accommodate the latest Photoshop versions.
- It could be that upgrading Photoshop to the latest version is proving to be a costly affair.
How To Open HEIC Photos In Adobe Photoshop?
Solution No. 1 – Update Photoshop To The Latest Version
If your computer or Mac’s hardware permits, the first thing you can do is update your Adobe Photoshop. Older versions of Adobe Photoshop (Photoshop 22.4 or older) are not compatible with HEIC format. To fetch the latest updates on Photoshop –
Step 1 – Launch Photoshop on your Windows PC or Mac.
Step 2 – Click on Help
Step 3 – Click on Updates.
Once updated, check if you can open HEIC Photos.
Solution No. 2 – Convert HEIC Image To Compatible Format On Windows
If you wish to edit HEIC images using Adobe Photoshop for Windows, you can use a tool like HEIC Converter that helps convert HEIC to JPG or PNG. These are the formats that are compatible with all versions of Adobe Photoshop. Here is how you can convert HEIC Images to JPG or PNG using HEIC Converter –
Step 1 – Download, install, and run the HEIC Converter from the Microsoft Store.
Step 2 – You can either drag and drop HEIC photos into the interface. Or, you can click on Add Folder or Add HEIC Images to add HEIC files.
Step 3 – Choose the desired format (JPG/ PNG), manage output quality, and configure other settings.
Step 4 – Once you have chosen the format in which you want to convert HEIC photos, click on Convert.
Step 5 – Once you have converted the images, you can import them into Adobe Photoshop and start editing them.
Note on Free vs. Paid: The free version lets you convert 15 photos for free after that you can opt to purchase the premium version using which you can convert unlimited HEIC photos to JPG/ PNG. The premium version is priced at $8.99.
Why Choose HEIC Converter?
- Easily manage photos that you wish to convert which also includes adding or removing multiple photos from the list.
- Various Conversion Settings configuring which you can choose your desired format, quality, output path, etc.
- Choose whether or not you want to keep the EXIF data. Looking for an advanced utility to view and edit EXIF metadata, check out this post.
Solution No. 3 – Convert HEIC To JPG On Mac
If you use an older version of Adobe Photoshop on Mac or use an older macOS (the chances of which are less), here are some of the best ways to convert HEIC to JPG on Mac. The post talks about how you can convert HEIC to JPG on your Mac via native apps, how you can convert HEIC to JPG online, and also with the help of a third-party converter.
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Your iOS device captures great images and not being able to open those HEIC images shouldn’t stop you from enhancing the quality of those images. Regardless of where you use Adobe Photoshop – on your Windows PC or your Mac, the above solutions will help you edit those images. If the information in this post helped you, do let us know in the comments section below. For more such informative content, keep reading WeTheGeek. You can also find us on – Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Flipboard.