Last Updated on November 11, 2021 by Peter Wood
“I just had a new iPhone 12 Pro, which takes pictures in the HEIC format. I cannot import pictures in the HEIC format on Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 on my PC, can Photoshop open HEIC?”
Apple has introduced HEIC into iOS 11 to save more photos with the same quality. Due to the compatibility, you cannot open HEIC files with Photoshop directly. What should you do? Just learn more about the detailed process from the article.
Can you open HEIC in Photoshop? The answer is determined by your situation. The latest version of Photoshop supports HEIC image format now. But you need to do some adjustments on Mac. When it comes to Windows 10, you will need an extra codec.
Step 1: Make sure you have updated Photoshop to the latest version. You should subscribe to the Adobe Photoshop service beforehand. Go to the Edit menu and choose the Preferences on the top menu bar, and then select the Camera Raw option.
Step 2: Once you have opened the Camera Raw Preferences dialog. Go to the File Handling tab from the left side, and choose the Automatically open JPEGs and HEICs with settings option or the Automatically open all supported JPEGs and HEICs option.
Step 3: You can click the OK button to confirm and close the popup dialog. Then you can open HEIC in our Photoshop directly. After that, you can click the File menu and choose the HEIC files you want to open and edit within Adobe Photoshop.
When it comes to Windows 10, you might find Photoshop won’t open HEIC even you have the same settings. That is because there is a lack the native support for HEIC on PC. Microsoft provides a free plugin for Windows 10 to open HEIC in Photoshop on Windows 10.
Option 1: Go to Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and search for the HEIF Image Extensions. Then download and install the plugin. Then open HEIC in Photoshop.
Option 2: If you still cannot import HEIC files, you have to convert the image in the MS Photos app. Under the Edit & Create menu in the Photos app, select the Edit menu and choose the Save a copy option. You can get the image in JPG format. Now, you should not have any trouble when opening HEIC in Photoshop.
For the earlier versions of Windows, such as Windows 8/8.1/7, you have to convert HEIC to JPG or PNG with a third-party photo converter and then open them in Photoshop.
When you need to convert HEIC for Photoshop in different formats, such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and GIF files, or resize the HEIC files in different modes, WidsMob HEIC is a one-stop solution to process your HEIC images. It enables you to view HEIC/HEIF files, resize the files in different modes, rotate the files in the batch process, and even manage the photos.
Step 1: Launch WidsMob HEIC on your computer. Click on the Import button to get the open-file dialog, find and select the HEIC images, and then click the Open button to import HEIC files. Moreover, you can also drag and drop the HEIC files into the program.
Step 2: Once you have imported the HEIC files, you can view the iPhone image format in thumbnail. When you need to check the details, you can double-click the HEIC file. Moreover, you can also rotate the photos, or resize the HEIC image, and more.
Step 3: Click the Start convert button to enter the export dialog. Choose the Folder icon next to select a specific folder to save the output. Expand the Format option to choose JPEG or PNG to open HEIC in Photoshop. You can adjust the Quality according to your situation.
Microsoft doesn’t include HEIC support in the default Windows 10 installation, but starting with the April 2018 Update, you can now open HEIC directly. For earlier versions, you have to install the free Microsoft HEIF Extension to open and edit HEIC files in Photoshop.
By default, the old version of Photoshop does not support HEIC because it is a new image format. Moreover, Windows does not contain the HEIC codec, so Photoshop cannot open HEIC on PC. If your HEIC files are corrupted, most photo editors cannot open HEIC files.
If you just need to use HEIC files in Photoshop, JPEG is the simple choice you can consider. When you need to preserve the best photo quality, you can convert HEIC to TIFF for Photoshop. Of course, you can choose GIF if you have a HEICs with multiple layers.
Here is a detailed guide about how to open and edit HEIC in Photoshop. As mentioned previously, Photoshop does not support HEIC natively. On the latest version of Photoshop on Mac, you can change the preset to recognize HEIC. When it comes to Windows, you have to install the free extension to open the HEIC files. WidsMob HEIC is an all-in-one HEIC Photoshop converter, which you can view and convert the HEIC files to different photo formats.