How to Open HEIC in Photoshop on Windows PC and Mac

Can’t open HEIC file in Photoshop? This guide will tell you how to open HEIC in Photoshop on PC and Mac.


By Lena / Updated on June 12, 2024

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How to open a HEIC file in Photoshop on PC

I just had a new iPhone 13 Pro and it takes pictures in the HEIC format. I cannot import pictures in the HEIC format on Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 on my PC, can adobe HEIC to JPG?

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Can I Open HEIC File in Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is recognized as one of the best photo editing tools that have native support for most-used image formats. However, when it comes to HEIC image, the situation has changed. Some users will find that HEIC files cannot be opened on their Mac and PC. Why?


What is HEIC file? HEIC stands for High-Efficiency Image File format, a new file format released by Apple that compresses iPhone photos while preserving the quality. Most people started to know HEIC probably because Apple has adopted it as the default image format since iOS 11. However, most running systems, popular platforms, and web browsers do not support HEIC including Photoshop. So you will find that you cannot open HEIC in Photoshop.

Actually, not all users cannot open HEIC in Photoshop. For active paid subscribers, it’s not an issue. Besides, Photoshop has added HEIC support for HEIC format on Windows 10 and on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later. Running on an older version? Don’t worry, you can first convert HEIC files to other formats to make them compatible with Photoshop.

How to Open HEIC File in Photoshop on PC and Mac

If your computer is running on Windows 10 & macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later, simply follow the steps below to open HEIC file in Photoshop.

Open HEIC File in Photoshop on Windows 10, 11

For users with an active paid subscription, you should download HEIF Image Extensions to make it possible to open HEIC in Photoshop on Windows PC.

1. Quit Photoshop.

2. Go to HEIF Image Extensions website > Click Get to download and install it on your computer.

HEIF Image Extensions

3. Restart Photoshop to have a try.

Open HEIC File in Photoshop on Mac

Open Photoshop and go to Camera Raw to adjust your preferences:

1. Click Edit > Choose Preferences > Select Camera Raw.

2. Click File Handing > In the JPEG and TIFF Handling section, select either Automatically open JPEGs and HEICs with settings or Automatically open all supported JPEGs and HEICs.

Photoshop Camera Raw Preferences

Convert HEIC Files to Other Supported Formats

Instead of trying to open HEIC in Photoshop, you can choose to convert HEIC to other popular formats. In this case, your pictures can be easily opened by Photoshop or any other application.

Convert HEIC to JPG/JPEG/PNG on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

For easy, fast, and safe HEIC file conversion, an Offline HEIC Converter is recommended. AOMEI HEIC Converter is such a tool. It is able to help you convert HEIC to JPG, JPEG, and PNG in a few clicks.

Its outstanding features on HEIC converting:
● Batch Conversion. It allows you to batch convert HEIC files to save your precious time.
● High Photo Quality. It will not degrade picture quality and will retain the Exif Information.
● No Risk of Photo Leakage. The conversion happens locally and pictures are only visible to you.

How to Convert HEIC to JPG on Windows PC

1. Download, install and run FoneTool.

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2. On the Home screen, click Toolbox and then choose HEIC Converter.

Choose HEIC Converter

3. Drag the images you want to convert or click Add Photos to choose HEIC images.

Add Photos

4. Choose .JPG/.JPEG/.PNG next to Photo Format > Choose the Photo Quality and Conversion Speed you prefer > Choose the storage path to save the photos > Finally, click Start Converting.


5. When the conversion is completed, you can click View files to check the photos.

View Files

Convert HEIC to JPG/JPEG/PNG on Mac

You can batch convert HEIC to JPG on Mac with the help of Photos or Preview app. Here we take Photos app as an example.

1. In Photos app, choose the images you need > Click File > Click Export to choose Export (number) Photos…

2. In the dialog box, specify output configurations (Photo Kind, Image Quality, Location, etc.) > Click Export to start.

Convert HEIC to JPG via Photos

Frequently Asked Questions of HEIC Photoshop

Q. Why Photoshop cannot open HEIC file?

HEIC is a new image format and the old version of Photoshop does not support it. In addition, Windows does not contain the HEIC codec, so Photoshop cannot open HEIC file.

Q. What image formats are supported by Adobe Photoshop?

Photoshop supports PNG, JPG, and GIF image formats. In addition, you can change the settings to import JPEG and TIFF files if necessary.

Q. Which format should I convert HEIC to?

In general, you can choose to convert HEIC to jpeg format. If you need to retain the best photo quality, you can convert HEIC to TIFF.

Q. Which is better, HEIC or JPEG?

They both have their advantages and disadvantages. HEIC has a smaller file size and produces the same quality but it is limited to certain platforms and software. JPEG is available for almost all systems and platforms.


That’s all about how to open HEIC in Photoshop. Not all Mac and Windows computer support HEIC files, you may choose to convert HEIC files to other supported formats like JPG, JPEG, or PNG. If you have any questions, please free feel to leave a comment to let us know.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.