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Reduce PSD file size without compressing

Reduce PSD file size without compressing

Many a times we need to email or upload a PSD file. The problem we face commonly is the file size of the PSD. Often because of the huge size we are unable to send the file.
There is a magically ( 😛 ) way to reduce the file size of the PSD file without compressing. Here is how it is done.

Open the PSD file in Photoshop. Note the file size of the PSD. Now, turn off the visibility of all the layers. Hit Save.
Now check the file size of the PSD. You will be shocked to see that the file size has reduced drastically.


a Designer. a Student. a Son. a Brother. a Friend… Working as a Designer, my typical day goes all about designing. I work on Print Designs which include ads, brochures, posters, and more. I also work for Web, its not as much as compared to Print, creating webpage layouts, banners and playing with HTML and PHP sometimes.


  1. Tony Malone · September 7, 2011 Reply

    I have to deal with huge open layered Photoshop files that on average 1.5 gigs. This is a great tip, thanks a lot!

  2. Web Designer · September 27, 2011 Reply

    Nice post. Useful. Thanks.

  3. Richie · July 9, 2012 Reply

    Im using Adobe CS5 Photoshop. And “NO it does not work”. It still stays the same.

  4. j7n · November 2, 2013 Reply

    I get the same thing if I disable “maximize compatibility”, which renders the sum of all layers onto a composite picture of low compressibility. I’m not sure what good the compatibility is, because if I wanted to flatten a picture, I would do so, and the ability to recover the look of the image without the component layers is not very useful outcome.

    Opening a project with all layers hidden can be confusing if some layers have to be on, and take the place of other layer (like varying captions, logos). Then one must figure out the logical meaning of each layer, without a suggestion on the typical look.

    I’m suspecting that the version of Photoshop you are working with does not have this “compatibility” option.

  5. Sajid · March 22, 2016 Reply

    I have a question for you pratik let’s hope if you can help me. My question to you is while editing image if hair falls infront of clothes how to edit that.Please tell me.

  6. Kailash Arya · October 6, 2017 Reply

    Yeah it’s a easy way do you know any compression tool also?

  7. Mridul Joshi · February 24, 2018 Reply

    Highly illogical explanation. nearly a crap

    Visibility or no visibility of layers have no effect on the data being saved.
    If you have graphics on he layers it will be counted as data
    Visibility is only for display not to delete from the memory.

  8. Anil · August 29, 2018 Reply

    Works like a charm!
    Makes sharing PSD files a lot easy now

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