Securing a .psd file with a password

Posted on 2007-09-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
How do I secure Photoshop psd files with a password?

When I share the file with another user, I would like them to  enter a password before the file is allowed to open.  The password would be static (always the same) for each unique psd file.

I checked the help section and found instructions for saving Photoshop PDF files, but not psd files.  

It seems like a fairly simple task but I can't seem to find a spot in photoshop to set a password.

Thanks in advance!  


Question by:jcastill0
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    I only see Passwords on PDF's as an option I  don't believe you can put PW on PSD's - never seen it- no PW recovery tools for PSD either, but you can toss it in a ZIP file and put a password on that.
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    Photoshop files are not password protectable.  You can convert it to PDF, but that is a real problem, because you cannot convert the PDF back into the separate layers that the PSD format stores for photoshop editing.

    To password protect the file, you would use WINRAR -- you take a single PSD file, and compress it using WINRAR -- at the time of compression, you can choose a password to UN-RAR the file.  This is the only way to do it.  You can also use winzip if you like, but WINRAR is much harder to crack the password protection.  See
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    i think the close solution is to zip/rar it.

    then you can apply password protection before they can open it.

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