Opening Downloaded Zip Files
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Some of the files you download from this site may be packaged as zip files and will have a ‘.zip’ file extension. A zip file is way to bundle multiple files and folders into a single compressed “archive” file for faster and easier file transfer. These files need to be extracted, or “unzipped,” before the contents can be used. Photoshop will not recognize the preset files you download until you copy them out of the zip file.
Opening Zip Files on a Computer
Most modern computers have zip extraction built right into the operating system so you need only double click on the file to gain access to the contents. From there you can copy the zip file contents to a new location. On Windows, you can also right click on the zip file and choose either “Extract Here” or “Extract To…”. “Extract Here” will put the files in the current folder, while “Extract To…” will let you choose the folder. On Mac OS X, you simply double-click the zip file and it creates a folder with all of the files inside.
Once extracted, you can install the presets into Photoshop, or open the image files in the program of your choice. See: How to install Photoshop presets
If you’d like to try a free, open-source file archiver, we use and recommended 7-Zip. This is a Windows program, but the download page offers unofficial versions for Mac, Linux, and other systems.
Opening Zip Files on Mobile
Opening the files on a computer is recommended, but here are some suggested apps to help you open zip files on mobile devices running iOS or Android.
- For Android: AndroZip™ FREE File Manager
- For iOS: Zip Viewer (screen shot below) or WinZip or iZip
Zip Viewer for iOS has ads but it is free and easy to use for opening and printing PDFs within zip files.
More Zip File Help:
- Zip and unzip files – Windows Help
- How to Zip and Unzip Files and Folders on a Mac
- How to Open Compressed Files on Your iOS Device
- How to deal with zip files on your iPhone or iPad
- How to Download and Open Zip Files on Android
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