How can I create a ‘read-only’ format in Photoshop?

Arsalan July 20, 2010
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I just made a really cool gallardo in Photoshop and showed my work to my friends. Now they’re asking me to give them the PSD file. My question is that is there any format that is read-only where they could see the different layers but cannot edit them?

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  1. Jack Cola
    July 27, 2010 at 4:33 am

    After you have saved the file, right click on it and tick the read-only checkbox and hope then do not know how to untick it

  2. Ben Evans
    July 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Save as PDF with security. This will block people copying the work.

  3. BronxDoll
    July 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    This may be an obvious answer but you can save the file as a Photoshop .pdf. You won't be able to still see the layers but the file will be read only.

  4. Arsalan
    July 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

    thanks for your help people. Saving each layer as jpeg is not acceptable as I have set different blending modes for the layers

  5. pceasies
    July 21, 2010 at 4:30 am

    You could save each layer as a JPEG and use flash slideshow software to some them. The only way to copy them would be screenshots.

  6. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    If you don't want it to be edited, give them the compressed JPEG. They would then only be able to add over your image, not edit the existing layers.

    I couldn't find a way to "lock" a psd to be non-editable. However, you could set the file as read-only before handing it over. However, this is a rather simple protection.

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