Work with WebP files in Photoshop

You can easily save your 8-bit RGB Photoshop documents in the WebP file format. WebP format provides both lossless and lossy compression for working with images on the web. 

Full support for WebP in Photoshop

Native support for WebP

With Photoshop 23.2, Photoshop has full support for the WebP file format! WebP files can now be opened, created, edited, and saved in Photoshop without the need for a plug-in or preference setting.

To open a WebP file, simply select and open the file in the same manner as you would any other supported file or document. In addition to open capabilities, you can now create, edit, and save WebP files. Once you are done editing your document, open Save a Copy and select WebP from the options provided in the file format drop-down menu to save your WebP file. WebP is also available under Save As when there is no risk of file overwrite or data loss.

Download plug-in for Photoshop 23.1 and below

To open and save WebP images directly from Photoshop 23.1 and below, you can simply download and install the WebPShop plug-in. You can download the WebPShop plug-in (with universal/ARM support) directly from Google which owns and maintains the WebP format. Also, WebPShop is available on GitHub under an Apache 2.0 license.

Download WebPShop plug-in

Install plug-in

  1. The downloaded plug-in can be installed to the following location:

    Shared Creative Cloud Location: Will load the plug-in for all installed versions of Photoshop without having to reinstall the plug-in.

    Windows: \Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-Ins\CC

    macOS: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Plug-Ins/CC

  2. Run Photoshop.

Quarantine plug-in (macOS only)

Additionally, on macOS 10.15 and above, the prompt "WebPShop.plugin cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified" can be bypassed by quarantining the plug-in. This occurs since the plug-in is not signed. The easiest way to quarantine is to drag the WebPShop plug-in into the terminal window from where it was installed to get the correct version and path.

To quarantine, run the following code in the Terminal window (Finder > Applications > Utilities):

sudo xattr -r -d com.apple.quarantine /Library/Application\ Support/Adobe/Plug-Ins/CC/WebPShop.plugin

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