Google’s WebP image format is quite an interesting format since it allows displaying the same images as in JPG or PNG format but with a much smaller size. That’s thanks to WebP’s lossless compression format, which many say could end up replacing the famous JPEG and PNG. However, WebP files still have some compatibility issues, as some of the image editing tools still do not allow you to open these types of files. In this guide, we’ll help you open WebP files in Photoshop software.
We know how to paste a PNG in Photoshop without fail but now we are going to show how to open WebP files in Photoshop. If you are one of those who use Photoshop on a daily basis, then it is likely that you have encountered the need to open a WebP file and have seen how the Adobe tool is not compatible with this type of Google files. However, there is a way to make Photoshop open these files for us.
Steps to follow to open a WebP file in Photoshop
To open a WebP file in Photoshop we will have to use a Photoshop plugin that adds this compatibility to the Adobe tool. The software in question is called WebPFormat and we can get it from this same link. There we will find the links for the 32 and 64-bit version, so before downloading them we must make sure that we get the version that goes according to our system.
This same web page also offers us the possibility of adding support for .ICO, .EIZ, .SGI, .PBM, .PGM, .PPM, .W.BMP/WBM, .PNM, DITABIS/DIBIS, 8XI (TI-83 Plus) files, and TIFFlib. For each one of them, it will be enough to repeat the process that we explain below to add compatibility for WebP.
Once downloaded from the previous website, the next thing we have to do is unzip the file that is saved on our hard drive. Inside the compressed file, you find the file named WebPFormat64.8bi, basically, it is a plugin itself. Now, we just need to install this plugin and open the WebP image file.
we will find a file with the name WebPFormat64.8bi, which corresponds to the plugin itself. Therefore, now it only remains to install it to be able to open a WebP file in Photoshop.
The plugin installation process is the usual one in Photoshop, the first thing we have to do is open a Windows file explorer window and go to the path where we have Photoshop installed. The path is usually within the C: Program Files or C: Program Files (x86) drive.
Next, we must go to the Adobe folder and then to the directory where our version of Photoshop is. Finally, we enter the plug-ins folder and that is where we have to copy the file with the.8bi extension that we have just downloaded into the compressed file.
The path for version 2020 is as follows: C: Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop 2020/Plug-ins/
Finally, we can open Photoshop and check that when we drag or open a Webp file we no longer get any errors and we can open it. Although in this way we can open a WebP file in Photoshop, we must know that we can find that the compatibility is limited, although in general, we have verified that the plugin works in a more than correct way with the vast majority of images from the Internet.
WebPShop: Another alternative
Besides the above plugin, we also have WebPShop available. Basically, we are facing a plugin that we have to install in the same way and that is offered in versions for Windows and macOS.
Again, we will download the WebPShop.8bi file and copy it to the path C: Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop 2020Plug-ins or corresponding in the case of Windows. If we have macOS, we will download WebPShop.plugin and copy it to Applications / Adobe Photoshop / Plug-ins.
In both cases, we must have Adobe Photoshop closed or restart it so that the plugin loads without problems. From there, we can open WebP files, but also save our creations with this form of Google that does not end up being imposed.
Convert WebP to JPG and PNG
Finally, we have a third alternative for those who do not want to install third-party plugins in Photoshop (or cannot do it) or directly do not want to work with this new format. All these users can use the dozens of converters that we have on the Internet, online tools capable of converting WebP images to JPG or PNG in a matter of seconds.
In addition, we have various applications capable of carrying out this process natively, such as Paint itself, which we have integrated into Windows 10, Gimp, XnView, or XnConvert. These alternatives are safer and more careful with privacy than previous websites since they carry out the entire process on the computer itself.