What free image editors exist for the Mac, which can handle *.psd files and treats layer groups correctly (for example, GIMP just ignores layer grouping)?


There are two "great" image programs for the Mac at this time, so if Gimp doesn't do it your only valid alternatives are Pixelmator and Acorn.

I have an old version of Pixelmator that doesn't do Layer Groups (1.x), from what I can see, 2.x doesn't do it either. I have Acorn and although it mentions PSD compatibility (and Layers) I don't have a .PSD file (because I don't have Adobe Photoshop).

So you can download a trial version (of Acorn at least) and give it a try.

  • with all due respect - it is kinda strange answer: "I don't know, but I definitely know that there are two great programs, first definitely doesn't do it, second - well, try yourself.
    – shabunc
    Dec 27 '11 at 13:28
  • But - but! - nevertheless it turns out that Acorn supports grouping, so upvoting.
    – shabunc
    Dec 27 '11 at 13:52
  • @shabunc I'm sorry you didn't find my answer pleasing. As I've said, I don't have a PSD file to test the feature and although the Acorn website does mention Layers and Groups, it doesn't explicitly say that it supports importing them from Photoshop. I gave you the names and the links, only you can decide if what the software does is what you need. Dec 27 '11 at 17:25

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