Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fix for Photoshop thumbnails not showing in windows 8.1 2014

For the longest time, my workflow was broken thanks to Adobe Photoshop/ Windows not supporting thumbnails for .psd files in the windows file browser. An unacceptable nightmare in my opinion. I have looked for fixes sporadically and with limited success, many of them cost a fair bit of money.
Today however, finally in 2014, (that is at least 4 years living with this problem) I found the free solution, thanks to people before me. I must spread the word.
I have taken the liberty of showing the post below, as chasing this problem has left many dead links to year old pages (indeed this fix was found last year, sad it didn't reach me sooner) and It would be sad for future folks to find the link dead.

I haven't tried mystic thumbs as it costs money, but Sage Thumbs with the settings modified works 100% so far, I'm using windows 8.1 x64 photoshop cc 2014.

Re: Windows 7 64 .psd thumbnail preview solution!
In reply to rtscribbs02Mar 26, 2013
rtscribbs02 wrote:
I know this post is a few years old, but I thought I would share the solution I found to the problem. A program called SageThumbs works well to view psd thumbnails (and more) in windows explorer, and the best part is that it is free. Here is the link:
When I first intalled it, I did have some issues where it displayed some of my psd files' thumbnails but not all of them, so I did a quick google search and came up with the solution, which is pretty simple; it just involves changing the settings in the SageThumbs program. Basically, all you have to do is check the box that says, "Prefer image file embedded thumbnails" and choose a higher "Maximum size of image file," for example 200MB. Here's the link to show you how to do it (the solution I suggested is taken from this link, but the link at least illustrates it, too):
Hope this helps; it worked for me. And free is always better. 
I played a bit with sagethumbs and can conclude that it is not as good or convenient as mystic thumbs. First, you only get previews bij right clicking the file and there are not that many options as well.
Mystic thumbs lets you see the previews immediatly when you open a folder, still way more convenient then clicking a file!