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Simple PSD Parser

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Upload Photoshop PSD files, extract layer bitmaps, extract info into xml.


This is tool that will give .NET developers opportunity to parse Photoshop PSD file into 3 xml files which will include images. shapes and texts and also get all layers images

Examples of PSD sections it can handle:

  • Individual layers, including extracting their bitmaps,
  • Global channels
  • Slices, Grid/Guides, Thumbnails
  • Vector graphics properties
  • Text layers 

To parse the psd file you just need to run the WebApp upload the psd file and click Submit

The psd file itself and xml files will be located in application directory in ~/psdUploads/ folder and the layers images will be located in ~/psdLayersOutput/ directory


A year ago, I had a project that requires to parse photoshop layered psd file into 3 separate xml files (images info, text and text params, shapes and shapes params). I searched a lot in web find some tools even in like this one  but none of them not met my requirements. some of them not supporting photoshop latest versions, some not parsing vector graphics so I've combined and modified these projects got this one. Hope this will be helpfull for users

Using the code

As the code is part of the Endogine project, and uses several of the its classes, Endogine.dll has to be available for referencing. The host app also uses Endogine.Editors.dll for the XML editor.



Points of Interest

The newer Photoshop SDKs, which include the file format specifications, are protected by a license agreement that compromises the usability of code produced by anyone who has signed it. That's why I've had to use reverse engineering for creating many parts of the code, and why it's taking so long to complete it.

If you want to contribute to the project, please understand that I won't accept code from anyone who has signed an Adobe SDK agreement. That could potentially mean trouble ahead, the day evil Adobe wants to shut down this subversive operation.

If the program fails to load a document, please add a note about it in the comments section below and keep the file around - if I have time, I'll ask you to send it to me for closer inspection. Note that I currently only have interest in documents created with Photoshop version 6 or later.


  • 2014-07-25 - First draft of the library.



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Questiona well-rounded PSD Parser Pin
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