How to Upload PSD Files

by Frank Johnson
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Graphic designers, photographers and artists often use Photoshop Document (PSD) files to manage their images. The PSD file format is generated from Adobe Photoshop. PSD files are large, uncompressed files that can be edited without major distortion. Backing up PSD files to multiple locations saves designers from having to recreate their work. You'll need an account with a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server to upload your files for storage.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button and choose "Run" from the file options. Windows Vista users can skip to the next step.

Step 2

Type "CMD" (minus the quotes) and press "Enter." This will open a command window.

Step 3

Navigate to the folder where your PSD files are located.

Step 4

Check the size of your PSD files to make sure you are uploading the correct one. Type "ftp" (minus the quotes) and press enter.

Step 5

Type "Open" (minus the quotes) and press "Enter." Substitute your FTP site for the aforementioned address.

Step 6

You will be prompted to enter a user name if you have successfully connected to the server. Type your user name and press "Enter."

Step 7

You will be prompted to enter a password if your user name has been accepted. Type your password and press "Enter."

Step 8

Once your credentials have been accepted, you will be given an "FTP" prompt. Navigate to the directory folder where you would like to store your PSD files. Alternatively, if you would like to create a folder, you can do this by typing "MKDIR" (minus the quotes). You will be asked for your folder name.

Step 9

Upload your PSD file by typing "put abc.psd" (minus the quotes). Substitute the name of your file for abc.

Step 10

Once the transmission is complete, the FTP server will report to you the size of the file and how long it took to upload. Repeat Step 9 for as many files as you would like to upload.

Step 11

Type "bye" (minus the quotes) when you are finished uploading your files. This command will disconnect you from the FTP server.

Type "exit" (minus the quotes) to close the command window.


  • User credentials are case sensitive. Ensure that your credentials are current before attempting to log in to the FTP server. Some servers allow only three attempts before disconnecting you from the server.


  • It is a good idea to create a folder for all of the PSD files you plan to upload to the FTP server. Once you have uploaded the files, you can then delete them from this folder.


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About the Author

Frank Johnson has been an information technology specialist since 1997. He has been recognized as an e-business architect by several Fortune 500 companies.

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