3 Time Tested Methods to Restore old Photoshop PSD files on Mac

Recover old, unsaved or deleted Photoshop PSD files from Mac by using powerful iSkysoft Photoshop file recovery software. Learn about Photoshop Auto Save and Time Machine feature of Mac for backup.

"I accidentally deleted PSD files from my Mac laptop. Please help! I lost hours of hard work.”

- a question from Quora

Don’t lose your nerve. It is absolutely possible to restore old photos or Photoshop files. You can restore lost or deleted Photoshop files from Mac in three different ways.

Part 1. Restore PSD files Using Photoshop Auto Save Feature

Since CS6 version Photoshop has introduced a new feature which automatically saves files. This feature is ON by default and it gives you an option to save files for every 5,10,15,30, or 60 minutes.

To check or change the intervals please follow the steps below-

  1. Open Photoshop.

  2. From “Edit” drop-down menu open Preferences and then select File Handling.

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  4. On the right side in Files Saving Options Select the Automatically Save Information Every: (Time Interval).

  5. Now from the drop-down menu select the time interval.

  6. Now Photoshop will save the files at the set time interval and you can recover the files in case something goes wrong.

Autosave feature saves files as a temporary version in installation directory folder.

You can find and restore the files from-

C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (your version)\AutoRecover

In this folder, you will find the temporary PSD file. Please note that the saved file will have changes made up to the last point of time. That is if you have set the time interval for 30 minutes, any changes made between that 30 minutes will not be saved. Save the temporary file right after opening it.

Part 2. Recover Photoshop Files from Time Machine Backup

Time Machine feature is the easiest way to backup files on Mac. You can restore individual files or entire hard disk from Time Machine backup. Time machine works well with all external hard disks that support Apple File Protocol (AFP).

How to enable Time Machine feature in Mac:

  1. Select System Preferences from the menu.

  2. Then click on Time Machine icon.

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  4. Click Select Backup Disk.

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  6. Select your external drive. Then select ”Encrypt backups” and click Use Disk:
3 Time Tested Methods to Restore old Photoshop PSD files on Mac

Time Machine automatically starts making periodic backups.

How to restore files from a Time Machine backup:

  1. Connect your Time Machine backup drive.

  2. Click on Time Machine icon from System Preferences.

  3. Enter Time Machine from the Time Machine menu.

  4. Find the PSD file you want to restore. The timeline on the edge of the screen will show items by date and time.
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  6. You can preview the file by selecting the file and pressing Space Bar.

  7. Click Restore for restoring the PSD file.

Part 3. Restore Files Using iSkysoft Photoshop File Recovery Software

If you have not enabled Photoshop Auto Save or Time Machine feature in Mac, you can recover lost or deleted PSD files using powerful iSkysoft Photoshop file recovery software.

iSkysoft Photoshop file recovery software is equipped with the latest technology. It can restore more than 1000 types of files including files saved by image editing software like Photoshop.

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Step by step user guide for restoring PSD files:

Step 1: Download and install

Download the iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac to your Mac. Launch the program.

3 Time Tested Methods to Restore old Photoshop PSD files on Mac

Step 2: Select the drive to start scanning

Select the drive from which you want to restore your PSD files. Then click the “Start” button.

3 Time Tested Methods to Restore old Photoshop PSD files on Mac

Step 3: Scan for files

The scanning process will finish a scan in a few seconds.

Step 4: Preview recoverable files

Select the Photoshop files that you want to recover and press "Recover".

3 Time Tested Methods to Restore old Photoshop PSD files on Mac

Using iSkysoft Photoshop file recovery software is the best option for recovering lost PSD files. Please share your experience with recovering PSD files with others.

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Mar 14,2019 18:23 pm / Posted by Elva to Photo Recovery

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