Do you want to open a WebP file using Photoshop? If you want to use Photoshop to open a WebP file, you will need a plugin. However, you do not need to be worried about what kind of plugin and how to open WebP with Photoshop because here, we will inform you about it.
Opening WebP File Using Photoshop And WebPShop Plugin
WebPShop is one of the plugins that you are able to use for opening and saving WebP images directly from Adobe Photoshop. Now, it is available on GitHub under an Apache 2.0 license. If you are using Windows, here are the steps that you are able to do to install the plugin.
- The first thing that you have to do is to download the plugin.
- After that, you have to copy the plug-in file WebPShop.8bi which can be found in bin\WebPShop_0_3_0_Win_x64 to the Photoshop installation folder, usually C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop\Plug-ins for x64.
- And now, you have to restart Photoshop. Now, Open and Save menu commands will show WebP files.
Opening WebP File Using Photoshop and Plugin From Telegraphics Site
Another plugin that you are able to use for Photoshop to make it able to open a WebP file is a plugin that you are able to get from Telegraphics site. If you have installed the plugin, you are able to start Photoshop and then try to open an image. If it has opened, you are able to export an image to WebP through the Save As dialog. In the bottom of the dialog where you select a format, you will see that there are two options including WebP and WebP lossless.
If you select WebP lossless, the file will be exported and it will be that. However, if you select WebP, you will be presented with a dialog with some configuration options including Encoding Quality, Filtering Profile, Denoising Strength and Sharpness Level. Usually, people will only adjust the encoding quality. However, you are free to adjust the filtering, denoising and sharpness options to get the result as you want.
It is important for you to know that this plugin does not have the ability to show a preview of the image before you save it.
How To Open WebP File in Photoshop on Mac
If you are using Mac, it means that you will need another tutorial for opening the WebP file. So, how to open a WebP file in Photoshop on Mac? You are able to follow the steps below.
- The first thing that you have to do to open a WebP file on your Mac is to download WebP Photoshop plugin for Mac. After you download the plugin, you have to extract the folder on your Mac.
- After that, you have to go to the Application folder.
- In this step, you need to choose Adobe Photoshop. You have to right click on it and then you have to choose Show Package Contents.
- Now, you have to open Contents -> Plug-ins folder and then you have to paste the WebP.plugin folder there.
- If you have done the steps above, the next step that you have to do is to launch the Photoshop app and then you are able to start working with WebP files on your Mac.
What Is A WebP File?
It is important for you to know every type. So, you will know with what program you can open it. Now, what is a WebP file? According to How To Geek site, it is the sister project of WebM video container format and it is based on the VP8 video codec which is developed by On2 Technologies. WebP was released by Google.
Quoted from How To Geek, WebP uses predictive compression to be able to encode an image which checks the values in neighboring blocks of pixels to be able to predict the values in a block. Then, it will only encode the difference between them. It permits pixels to be copied a lot of times throughout a single file and the data which are redundant is deleted from each block.
Way To Open and Edit WebP File Without Photoshop
We have explained earlier that WebP is developed by Google and it is royalty free. So, it has been integrated into a lot of applications and software that you have on your PC. Also, most web browsers usually have the required plugin to be able to open the format.
WebP file is created for the web and this file is hard to differentiate from JPEG and PNG. When you look at a WebP file, you may not realize that it is a WebP file. If you want to save a WebP image to your PC, the steps are the same as you save other images on the internet. You just have to right click the image and then click on Save Image As option. After that, you have to select a destination on your PC where you want to save the image. After you find the destination, then you have to click on the Save button. If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Edge, you are able to open the image by double clicking on the image and then it will open in your default browser to view.
What can we do to edit WebP files? If you want to edit a WebP file, you are able to do that by using graphics software. Some of them are GIMP, Microsoft Paint and ImageMagick and it will open WebP files by default. If the system of your computer is Windows, you are able to right click the image and then put your cursor on Open With and then you have to choose the program that you want to edit with.
How to Convert WebP File to The Other Files
You are able to convert a WebP file to the other formats of files such as JPG, GIF, PNG and other formats. To do that, you are able to use a converter. There are a lot of online converters that you can use for converting WebP files to the other formats. Some of them are Ezgif.com, Converto.co, ILoveImg.com and many more. Usually, you just have to upload the WebP file on that converter and then choose the format that you want. If the conversion is done, you can download the result of conversion.
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