I have Windows 7 64bit, Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop 7 (for back-up).
I know that Photoshop 7 allowed thumbnail previews on PSD's but that was taken out so CS4 is just a custom icon, but Windows 7 doesn't seem to really get what to do with either of them, and you can't force a certian icon on a certian file type like you could in XP because Microsoft basically got rid of the ability to do so now.
The attatched image shows two PSD's in the same folder, one with a defaul windows "unknown" file icon, but with photoshops logo on it to represent what it will open it with anyway, and the other has a preivew although it has never been opened in PS7 (both fully created in CS4, nothing else). For the sake of organisation, is there a way to either get them all to be previews of thumbnails or all one generic icon (preferably not the one it has made it from windows).
In Windows Explorer (Windows 7) if you right click on a file icon a menu pops up offering your the choice under Open with->Choose Default Program. If you select Photoshop it will change the icon to the Photoshop and open the file.
I notice that the file extension is not showing in your example I suggest you turn this feature on just to make sure both files are .psd.
As to the thumbnails, I found Windows Explorer so inadequate, I bought a program call Directory Opus, I think you can get a free 30 day trial if you're interested at http://www.gpsoft.com.au/ it has many features left out of Windows Explorer including a really good thumbnail feature.
Good luck with it.
Hi, thanks for the reply.
They are both PSD's; they are unfinished artworks. The computer knows to open them with Photoshop CS4 fine and there are no real problems, it is just that the file icons are actually somewhat wrong still anyway. The icon i think they should be is just all blue with PS written on them. On XP i could have forced this to happen through folder options but in 7 and maybe also Vista this option no longer exists.
As for using a different "explorer" instead of Windows Explorer, i looked mildly into it before to get around the file-directory length limits but i've always been weary about it as i can just forsee things going wrong with it as it controls a big chunk of what a computer views like.
Hi I found this site, but couldn't make it work for us. Maybe you can. Let me know if you get it working and how you did it.
It's windows 7 duh. They took it out on purpose. You also have to change the registery like that josh site said. It did seem to work for some people. Also there are 2 program files in win 7. so try adding to the common files in both sections. That's all I know. Let me know if and HOW you get it working. GL
I'm using Win7 - 32bit and CS4 11.01 and this solution works perfectly for me. Make sure you put the dll file in the correct folder and then run Adobe.reg. close and reopen Windows explorer and away you go. The instructions are in the zip file.
$15 is nor free, and Mystic is just an XP thumbnail provider that happens to work on Vista and Win7 thanks to MS, but it does not allow full size viewing in Windows Photo Viewer, Photo Gallery or Media Center 7.
The real solution is a WIC-enablec PSD codec, either Ardfry's or the FastPictureViewer Codec Pack (which provides good support for layered files saved without the Maximum Compatibility option).
April 2010 is not very old :-) Anyway, my point what that the real solution for Vista and later is a proper WIC-enabled PSD codec. This is how Microsoft envisioned extensibility to 3rd party image formats for Vista, with metadata integration with Windows Search and full-size viewing and slideshows in all built-in image viewers, support which was also extended to Media Center in Windows 7. Benefits go far beyond Explorer itself: codec-enabled applications, as well as all .NET3.x/4.x applications, also benefit directly from installed codecs and support new formats automatically.
For providing thumbnails for both raw files and PSD files, the FastPictureViewer Codec Pack is now at the best price point of all the competitors. Ardfry charges separately for each, so for example Ardfry's solution would be $19.95 for .PSD and $29.95 for .CR2.
The FastPictureViewer codecs work a treat on my Windows 7 x64 system. Bravo to you Axel!